The Heritage Trust
Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales, has announced a six-week consultation period on a new proposal for the Heritage Bill –
Between 2006 and 2012, Cadw received reports of 119 cases of unlawful damage to scheduled ancient monuments in Wales. However, there has been only one successful prosecution under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 in the last 25 years.
A number of respondents to last year’s consultation on proposals for the historic environment, ‘The future of our past’, expressed concerns about the rarity of successful prosecutions. Some called for changes to the Act’s permitted defence of ignorance of the status or location of a monument to make it easier to secure convictions for illegal damage.
Accordingly, the Welsh Government would now like to receive your views on a proposal to amend the offences and defences in the 1979 Act to modify the ‘ignorance defence’.
NB The Heritage Trust operates a Cared for Ratings accreditation scheme which awards a site a maximum of five stars for how well the site is cared for (see our rating and recommendations for Pentre Ifan here for example). This includes nearby parking facilities, wheelchair access, signage, rest areas, general maintenance etc. If you would like to submit a site for inclusion in the scheme please send details and images to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.