Mon 24 Jul 17
New Poll Celebrates Fife's Heritage
Fife Council is urging people to show their support for local conservation areas by taking part in a new poll.
There are an impressive 48 conservation areas in Fife, which is a higher proportion by population than in any other part of the country. Fife also punches above its weight in the built heritage stakes in Scotland, with over 6,000 listed buildings, many of them located in conservation areas.
The 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act of 1967 (which enabled the creation of conservation areas) inspired conservation officer Fiona Fisher to make a splash about the Kingdom's conservation areas with an online promotion.
The poll is featured on both the Welcome to Fife and the Fife Tourism Partnership websites:
• Welcome to Fife http://www.welcometofife.com/highlight/celebrating-fifes-heritage
• Fife's Tourism Partnership https://www.fifetourismpartnership.org/news/celebrating-fife-s-conservation-areas/
The online survey is open to everyone and puts the public and communities at the heart of choosing a favourite.
Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of the Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, Fife Council, said: "I am delighted that so many people have shown an interest in Fife's Conservation Areas by voting, and I urge more Fifers to take part. This poll helps to raise awareness of their importance in forming our collective identity.
"Our rich heritage in Fife generates significant visitor revenue and recent studies have also shown that historic buildings and conservation areas are linked positively with health and wellbeing."
Conservation areas are for everyone, and are an integral part of Fife's heritage. They are to be enjoyed and celebrated by everyone, residents and visitors alike, and they are free to visit.
Fife has a rich heritage, and our historic buildings and towns have a great appeal, with several of them famous world-wide. Conservation areas were established in the UK from 1967 to protect and enhance special historic areas. Falkland and Culross were two of the earliest designated.
Voting will close on Thursday 3rd August and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards.
A plaque will be designed for the winner to be erected on a suitable wall, acknowledging it as Fife's favourite conservation area, as selected by the public.