The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (IGWHS) Steering Group was established in 1995 and is a strategic body comprising senior professional and community representatives from key stakeholders including:
- English Heritage Trust
- Historic England
- The Environment Agency
- Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
- Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
- Natural England
- Parish and Town Councils within the World Heritage Site:
- Broseley Town Council
- Gorge Parish
- Madeley Town Council
- Severn Gorge Countryside Trust
- Shropshire Council
- Telford & Wrekin Council
What is the purpose of the Steering Group?
The purpose of the Steering Group is to:
- ensure effective collaboration and partnership between national, regional, local organisations and local communities to deliver a common vision
- ensure the IGWHS is managed in line with the high standards required by its WHS status, balancing the needs of all stakeholders and local people
- help coordinate a consistent, holistic approach by all parties to ensure a strong relationship between the protection of the WHS and its economic vitality
- provide a forum where concerns and proposals from interested groups and expert parties can be discussed and appropriate actions agreed.
What does the Steering Group do?
- Agrees a common vision and overarching strategy for the IGWHS.
- Communicates and advocates that vision and strategy through influencing members’ respective organisations.
- Oversees revisions to the IGWHS Management Plan and direct regular reviews.
- Agrees action programmes and priorities for specific aspects within the IGWHS Management Plan and Business Plan and monitor progress against objectives.
- Directs the development of policies and codes of practice which balance the needs of local communities with the historic and natural environment whilst promoting tourism and creativity.
- Promotes the adoption of these policies and codes of practice by all responsible agencies.
- Provides regular liaison across members’ learning and community engagement activities within the IGWHS .
- Receives, invites and debates reports from professional and community groups on activities, threats and opportunities which affect the WHS.
- Co-ordinates, sets priorities, helps to facilitate funding applications and encourages the support of external bodies.
- Seeks investment towards common goals which enhance the IGWHS.
- Provides general direction.
The World Heritage Steering Group meets four times each year. The minutes of the steering group meetings are recorded for information.