IfA responds to threat to Tees Archaeology
IfA has learned that Middlesborough Borough Council, which along with the borough councils for Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees benefits from the services provided by Tees Archaeology, is considering withdrawing its funding. The archaeological service provides the Historic Environment Record, planning advice, care of collections and outreach.
IfA has written to the four authorities reminding them of the role of the service, and their obligation to retain specialist archaeological expertise in order to implement the requirements of PPS5 and the draft National Planning Policy Framework. IfA members who are Council Tax-payers in the four authorities may wish to make their own representations using the resources at http://www.archaeologists.net/advocacy/protectingservices.