The comments made by Alex Sobel, the Shadow Minister for Tourism and Heritage, on 15 October 2020. He was making reference to an announcement that more heritage sites are at risk than have been saved.
This is incredibly sad news.
These places play an important role in teaching us about our heritage and in attracting tourists but the pandemic has put many maintenance projects on hold and hit funding hard.
Sadly, the government’s schemes do little to help while footfall is down but venues are legally able to stay open – the government must abandon its sink or swim mentality and target support where it’s most needed.