Burton's Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas

Burton’s Conservation Area (centred on The Square but including buildings on the Main Street both north and south of The Square) is about to receive what is termed 'Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas' funding, or PSiCA for short. The partners are The Parish Council, South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) and Historic England (HE). Funding has been secured to restore around a dozen buildings that are most 'at Risk' and to enhance the 'Public Realm' area – The Square itself.

The Parish Council has pledged funding for the public realm areas only, although we, as partners, will be involved in and able to influence decisions on other enhancement works. We have also secured extra funding for 'Public Participation' which will involve a series of talks and workshops, given by experts in their field. The Parish Council will be hosting these in the Memorial Hall at intervals over the 3 year duration of the PSiCA and we are currently working with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) putting together a programme of events.

The first event will be on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The events are open to all Parishioners and are free. Other workshops will be 'Heat Loss and Thermal Imaging' – something we hope that Burton Morewood schoolchildren might be able to get involved in, and other practical advice and demonstrations relating to preserving and enhancing the life and efficiency of buildings and how to care for Listed buildings and buildings in Conservation Areas.

We will be engaging Consultants to advise on the enhancement work and also to help us prepare a Village Design Statement. This document has great relevance to the village as it can influence the design of new developments such as the proposal for The Green Dragon. It also provides a cohesive long term strategy for the village. We will hold workshops relevant to this and design professionals will give guidance on why 'Design Matters'. This Partnership Scheme is for the village – to enhance and improve our built environment. We hope that you will become part of it and that the scheme is a true partnering event – everyone's opinion matters. Please get involved.

For more information – watch out for the workshop/talk events, come to a Parish Council meeting or contact the Clerk.

The Parish Council PSiCA Working Group

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