People can have their say on Laois heritage

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THOSE looking to have their say on the heritage Laois can do so by submitting ideas to Laois County Council by this weekend, as the deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday May 31.

THOSE looking to have their say on the heritage Laois can do so by submitting ideas to Laois County Council by this weekend, as the deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday May 31.

A new heritage plan for Laois is being prepared and all residents of the county are invited to make their voices heard. A draft heritage plan to cover the period 2013 – 2018 is available, and anyone with an interest in the built, natural or cultural heritage of Laois can make a submission. This will be the third heritage plan for Laois, and building on the achievements of previous plans, it will aim to identify, conserve, raise awareness and promote enjoyment of all aspects of the built, natural and cultural heritage of the county.

The draft plan has been prepared by the Laois Heritage Forum, a group representing community and voluntary groups and statutory agencies with an interest in the heritage of Laois. For the purposes of the Laois heritage plan, using the National Heritage Act as a guide, heritage is considered to include monuments, archaeology, heritage objects, architecture, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks and inland waterways.

All elements of the draft plan are open for comment and anyone with an interest in the heritage of Laois is invited to participate in this

consultation process. Submissions can be made in writing, via email or online, through a questionnaire at www.surveymonkey.com/laoisheritageplan. Copies of the draft Laois Heritage Plan are available on the web at www.laois.ie/heritage and are on display on all Branch Libraries. Paper copies of the draft are available on request from Catherine Casey, Heritage Officer with Laois County Council, ph 057-866 4129, email ccasey@laoiscoco.ie. Copies of the draft Laois Heritage Plan are available on the web at www.laois.ie/heritage and are on display on all Branch Libraries. Copies are available on request from Catherine Casey, Heritage Officer at 057-866 4129, or by emailing ccasey@laoiscoco.ie.