Community history, heritage and memories

Community history, heritage and memories

How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? Shared experience, history and heritage is the glue that creates and maintains a sense of place and community. Passing these on generationally is key to continuity and a sense of worth. Demolition of heritage buildings equates to destruction of memories and shared experience. It makes folk feel their history is meaningless and has no value. This means people lose pride in their villages/townships/neighbourhoods and is remarkably shortsighted but all too prevalent. The old feel worthless and the young place no value on their surroundings. Compromise between 'new and improved' and 'my places' must be found and the reassurance of permanency must be taken account of. Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? Shaping policy around what is important to communities about their history and heritage will help to steer Local Authority planners who have ultimate control over decisions affecting built and social heritage. Pride in place is key to regeneration and promoting involvement.


As Gillian says it is essential to retaining and celebrating what is so special about Edinburgh and which seems in great danger of being lost through poor planning decisions

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