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Chatham’s World Heritage bid needs you

Date: 12/05/2008           Category: Medway Renaissance

The bid for World Heritage Site status for Chatham Dockyard and its defences will continue to gather momentum at a public meeting at the Royal School of Military Engineering, Brompton Barracks, on Tuesday, 20 May. The meeting will take place from 6pm to 7.25pm and will be chaired by world heritage expert and Medway resident Lindsey Morgan. Other speakers will include Medway Council Leader Cllr Rodney Chambers and Commandant of the RSME and Commander of Chatham Garrison, Brigadier Tony Harking The meeting will focus on how to protect and promote Chatham’s world-class heritage and is an important part of the town’s application for World Heritage Site status that project leaders hope to submit in 2011. The proposed World Heritage Site includes Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, Fort Amherst, Upnor Castle, Brompton village and barracks and the Great Lines. The major local benefit from the application will be the creation of the Great Lines City Park, and some exciting news about this important project will be announced during the evening. Plans for a new partnership fund will also be unveiled, giving residents and community groups the opportunity to develop and implement local actions in response to the issues and opportunities identified in January. Anyone who wishes to attend the meeting must email chathamworldheritage@medway.gov.uk or call 01634 331176 before Friday, 16 May. Motorists must provide their vehicle’s make, model and registration number when booking. Refreshments will be provided from 5pm and after the meeting there will be a rare opportunity to tour the Headquarter Mess, home to the officers of the Corps of Royal Engineers since 1807. Places on the free tour must be booked in advance. The last World Heritage Partnership meeting in January attracted more than 80 residents, businesses and representatives and helped identify the many opportunities that the World Heritage application will offer. World Heritage Site and Great Lines City Park Project Manager Joanne Cable said: “I expect a record number of guests will come along to support Chatham’s World Heritage application and see inside the splendid Royal School of Military Engineering. “There will be some exciting updates since our last meeting in January, in particular the creation of the partnership fund”.