CHESHIRE groups are being urged to take part in English Heritage’s first national survey of the UK’s ‘Most Special Places’.

The group has asked local authorities to fill in a questionnaire for each Conservation Area they have, as part of its nationwide census of the condition of this important part of our heritage.

Conservation areas in this county include Tattenhall, Middlewich town centre, Bridge Street in Warrington and Bollington Cross, Macclesfield.

The results will be announced and a campaign launched on June 23 to help councils, communities and residents to care for these special places.

Dr Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, said: “Conservation Areas play a vital role in protecting the most important historic places in England from ill-considered change.

“We will be analysing the results carefully so we can help provide answers to questions and propose solutions where Conservation Areas are in decline.”

He asked local societies and residents’ groups to also get involved, and wants to hear success stories involving local heritage sites.

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