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IfA express concerns as to GMAU closure

IfA has written to the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) expressing its concerns as to the proposed closure of the Greater Manchester Archaeology Unit (GMAU) from 16 March 2012 . AGMA has responded recognising the importance of the 10 local planning authorities in Greater Manchester continuing to receive sound archaeological advice when considering planning applications and assuring IfA that AGMA will do all that it can to ensure that service provision can continue under alternative arrangements.

IfA (along with others in the sector) is willing to work with AGMA with a view to ensuring that any alternative arrangements provide adequate management and protection of the historic environment in Greater Manchester.

IfA members can support of GMAU and its work by writing to Chris Findley, Planning Lead, AGMA (

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