‘Community Counts’ lecture

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Buxton is living proof that community counts in the battle to preserve an area’s heritage, the woman in charge of one of Derbyshire’s most important historical sites will demonstrate at a public lecture at the University of Derby’s campus in the town.

Sarah McLeod, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Society, which is based at the epicentre of the Industrial Revolution at Cromford Mills, will use the regeneration of Buxton as an example of the importance of public consultation in her lecture, “Community Counts,” at 6pm on February 26.

“We have some fine examples of projects in the county – from Buxton which is a huge town regeneration scheme led by the local authority with a strong community consultation programme – to the Bonsall Field Barns Project which is an extraordinary ‘against all odds’ project led entirely by local volunteers,” said Sarah.

“I will also be highlighting just what a powerful role communities can play when projects are not fashionable with funders.”

Many of the traditional funding pots have now dried up and others, such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, demand a financially sustainable outcome.

“This is understandable and all well and good, but sometimes there isn’t a sustainable solution,” said Sarah.

“But that doesn’t detract from how passionate a community may feel about a building or place.”

To book a place for the lecture, contact Sarah Hawtin at s.hawtin@derby.ac.uk.