Protecting Gibraltar’s heritage

Last Thursday, the Government published the new Heritage and Antiquities Bill, whose primary aim is to protect and manage Gibraltar’s heritage, applying not only to land but also to heritage within British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. 

One of the major steps proposed in the Bill is the creation of the Heritage and Antiquities Advisory Council, which will advise the Minister on all matters relating to Heritage and Antiquities. The Council is required to provide the Minister with an annual report, which will be laid before Parliament.

Commenting on the Bill, which will be read in Parliament after the statutory six week period, Minister for Heritage John Cortes commented, “A lot of hard work has gone into this, and I am grateful to all of those who have given their time and expertise in the process. The Bill sets out a new way and better of dealing with Heritage, and reflects Gibraltar’s interest in the subject, and its sense of responsibility. It sets out a robust framework for consultation and further progress in protection of our heritage assets on land and under the sea. I am very much looking forward to working with all the stakeholders in continuing on this journey.”