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A number of sites in Swale which were under consideration to be added to the local heritage list have been approved.

At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, September 22, councillors were asked to agree on criteria for the borough’s important buildings and green spaces.

Kingsferry Bridge across the Swale has been added to the list. Picture: James Hughes
Kingsferry Bridge across the Swale has been added to the list. Picture: James Hughes

Some of the places in Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Faversham under consideration were the Kingsferry Bridge, Milton Regis viaduct, Borden school and the war memorial gardens in Faversham.

The Co-op building in Sheerness, the Century cinema in Sittingbourne and the 1960s post office in Faversham were also up for discussion.

Swale council’s local heritage list provides a framework for the council, stakeholders and the community to identify heritage assets around the borough.

It also provides clarity on the location of assets and what it is about them which make them significant.

Cllr Mike Baldock, cabinet member for planning at the council, said: “It’s important that we protect the diverse heritage buildings and green spaces we have here in Swale.

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“The public response to our heritage strategy released last year demonstrated a very clear support for our proactive approach in promoting and protecting our heritage.

“Involving local people and groups in identifying those aspects of our heritage that are important to them locally is the next step in delivering our strategy even further.

“A borough wide local heritage list will help us raise awareness, instruct developers and better record the nature of the local historic environment.

“We went out to public consultation on the proposed listing criteria earlier this year, and had supportive responses from local amenity groups, parish and town councils, and Kent County Council.

“We’ve listened to what they’ve said and updated the listing criteria to include typology that shows the style of building, structure or space that is specific to Swale, and buildings that have been and still are prominent in the community.

At the full council meeting councillors agreed that all of the sites were given the go ahead to be added to the local authority’s local heritage list.

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