HC Deb 23 July 1968 vol 769 cc242-3
1. Dr. Gray

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will make a statement on the numbers of town schemes under the Historic Buildings Council now in operation or planned.

The Minister of State, Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. Niall MacDermot)

Eight schemes are in operation. Arrangements are nearing completion for a further five, and seven, others are under discussion. I will, with permission, circulate a fuller statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT, naming the towns and giving details of the allocation of grant.

Dr. Gray

I congratulate my hon. and learned Friend on what is being done, but will he say whether the ancient town of Great Yarmouth has a scheme, and also whether there is a scheme for the City of Norwich?

Mr. MacDermot

No, neither of those towns is on the list. It is open to any town with a historic area or a number of historic buildings to apply for a town scheme, which will then be considered by the Historic Buildings Council.

Following is the information:

1.Schemes in operation
Annual Allocation by Minister Minister Percentage of costs payable Local Authority Owner
Bath 10,000 50 25 (County Borough) 25
Bradford on Avon, Wilts. 2,000 25 25 (County and U.D.C. jointly) 50
Brighton 1,000 (Equal parts Minister and County Borough) Various
Cheltenham 5,000 25 25 (County and Borough Council jointly) 50
Faversham, Kent 500 25 25 (Borough Council) 50
Harwich 2,000 16.⅔ 83.⅓ (All buildings owned by Borough Council)
Winchester 4,000 25 25 (County and City Council jointly) 50
York 7,500 25 25 (County Borough) 50
2.Schemes where arrangements are nearing completion
Berwick upon Tweed (County and Borough Councils).
Bewdley (County and Borough Councils).
Leamington Spa (Borough Council).
Salisbury (County and City Councils).
Stamford (County and Borough Councils).
3.Schemes under discussion
Abingdon (County and Borough Councils).
Bocking, Essex (County and Urban District Councils with co-operation of Civic Society).
Chatham (Borough Council—and possibly Civic Trust).
King's Lynn: Revival of earlier scheme (County and Borough Councils).
Lincoln (County Borough Council).
Shepton Mallet, Somerset (the U.D.C).
Thaxted, Essex (County Council and Dunmow R.D.C.).