What makes the Sid Valley special?

Daffodils out on Peak Hill. Ref shs 2452-10-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Daffodils out on Peak Hill. Ref shs 2452-10-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Britain’s oldest civic society is launching a project to catalogue what makes the Sid Valley special - and residents are being asked for their input.

With the help of conservation experts, the Sid Vale Association (SVA) is compiling a list of ‘local historical assets’ – iconic features in the area that have cultural value but are not covered by the Grade I and II listing system.

Possible nominations could include anything from a wall or piece of street furniture to entire buildings or landscapes.

Jeremy Woodward, from the SVA’s history group, said: “We’re interested in what people recognise about the area, what is good and what should be cherished.

“If there is something in the town or valley or surrounding villages that you feel needs to be recognised as a local place of value, then any suggestions made will be taken seriously.”

Mr Woodward said the project was being taken on alongside the district council’s conservation officer, as well as the county council’s archaeology officer.

He added: “Quite a lot of work’s already been done gathering information about possible ‘assets’ – but it can’t be done by just a small group of enthusiasts.

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“So we’re asking people out there who have information, experience and know-how.”

Suggestions that make the shortlist will be submitted to the district council for possible inclusion in a ‘draft local list’.

The completed list will catalogue heritage assets across the Sid Valley, which planning officials will take into account when deciding applications.

A district council spokesman explained that the local list carried far less weight than the Grade I and II listing system, but that it did provide a ‘limited degree of protection’.

Nominations can be made by visiting the SVA’s website at www.sidvaleassociation.org.uk or by filling out a nomination form and dropping it into Sidmouth’s library or museum.

Forms can also be submitted via post to ‘Heritage Project’, Sidmouth Museum, Hope Cottage, Church Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LY

The deadline for residents’ suggestions is Saturday, February 7.

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