Fifty years ago, in 1967, the Government introduced legislation which enabled local authorities to designate conservation areas. Chester was already at the forefront, having been chosen as one of four English cities to have ‘A Study in Conservation’ (“the Insall Report”). Our first conservation area, covering the historic city centre, followed in January 1969.
Our borough, Cheshire West and Chester, now has 96 conservation areas – more than any other local authority in the North of England. To acknowledge this position and to celebrate the anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act 1967 we have a number of projects in hand – one of which is this exhibition! There are, in fact, two exhibitions running side by side:
A touring exhibition of ‘pop up’ banners which tell the story of Chester’s very first conservation area and the hugely beneficial effect it has had on our historic city centre.
A bespoke photographic exhibition presented by members of the Chester Photographic Society to illustrate the diversity and distinctiveness of conservation areas throughout the borough.
We are indebted to the banner designers, the photographers and to the Wesley Church Centre for hosting these exhibitions. If you would like to know more about our conservation areas and how you could help to preserve and enhance their special character please contact Chester Civic Trust or Cheshire West and Chester Council (see below).