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New archaeological service for Greater Manchester

Salford University’s Centre for Applied Archaeology has been named as the new provider of archaeological advice to planning departments in Greater Manchester.

The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) announced the new service which will start on Monday 23 April for an interim period of up to nine months.

Called the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service, it will provide planners and developers with specialist advice on any archaeological planning issue within Greater Manchester and manage the region’s Historic Environmental Record.

Establishment of the new service follows the closure of the highly regarded previous provider, Manchester University’s Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, last month.

The new arrangements are on an interim basis to allow AGMA to undertake a full procurement exercise to commission a longer term, value for money solution.

Chris Findley, who takes a lead on planning issues for AGMA, said: "We are extremely pleased to have agreed this new service with the Centre for Applied Archaeology. They will ensure that local councils continue to receive high quality advice when determining planning applications.

"We are also beginning the process of commissioning a long term service provider reflecting our commitment to this important work."

Dr Mike Nevell, Head of Archaeology at Salford University, said: "Greater Manchester has a rich and valuable archaeological resource. We look forward to providing this new service to AGMA and helping to ensure that local archaeology is conserved and enhanced so it can continue to play a role in the regeneration of the area."

AGMA also continues to support community archaeology through the popular DIG Greater Manchester. Delivered in partnership with Salford University, this project runs until 2015/16 and provides support for community projects, an education programme and advice to local groups interested in archaeology and history.


The full contact details for the new service are:

Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service
University of Salford
Joule House
Crescent M5 4NW
Tel: 0161 295 5522
Email: gmaas@salford.ac.uk

Anyone wishing to find out more about DIG Greater Manchester should contact Adam Allen at Tameside MBC on 0161 342 3304.

AGMA acts as the voice of the ten local authorities of Greater Manchester and works in partnership with a wide range of organisations including private, public and voluntary within the city-region and beyond.

AGMA chief executives and council leaders meet regularly to work together on a range of key strategic and policy issues which impact on Greater Manchester. AGMA also provide a range of joint services across the conurbation via AGMA Units and through cross-authority professional groups. For more information visit the following link:

Press and media should contact Carolyn Sanders, AGMA PHC Communications Officer at Rochdale Council on 01706 925729 or email carolyn.sanders@rochdale.gov.uk.

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