The future of the North Yorkshire County Council historic environment team is at risk after new budget cuts at North Yorkshire County Council, agreed last month, which include a reduction of over £470,000 in the budget for Waste and Countryside Services. This will include a reduction of £155,000 in staff costs for waste, archaeology, biodiversity and ecology services over the next year (2014/15).
The historic environment team currently employs 4 members of staff, including an HER officer, and provides archaeological guidance to local planning authorities, developers, residents and land owners. They also maintain the county historic environment record. North Yorkshire is the largest county in Britain and has a significant and diverse archaeological heritage.
Please note that this briefing document has been updated to rectify an error in our reporting of the status of the joint service level agreement in North Yorkshire (6th March 2014)
Update: The Teesside Archaeology Society have put together some useful advice for action that local residents can take in response to the cuts. Remember that local voices really can make a difference!
The CBA have written to North Yorkshire County Council in regard to future budget cuts and their potential impact on archaeological services across the county (see download below).