Heritage body calls for information on missing post-war public art

Reports that the heritage watchdog has launched a call for information on pieces of post-war public art that have disappeared from view features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that heritage body Historic England has warned that post-war public art in England "is disappearing before our eyes, whether through wilful destruction, accidental loss, theft or sale". The newspaper reports that many works have been lost, including "architectural friezes deliberately ripped down by developers and metal sculptures stolen and sold for scrap". However, Historic England hopes that some works could still be out there and has issued a public call for information.

The Times (subscription required) reports that the government has rebuffed calls for gardens to have compulsory "super highways" for hedgehogs. According to the newspaper, superhighways are created by making a row of 13cm by 13cm holes in the fences of neighbouring gardens to create an open path for hedgehogs to come and go freely, helping to halt the animal’s decline. The newspaper says that communities secretary Greg Clark was asked yesterday whether the government would prompt councils to observe new measures to help hedgehog populations, but told MPs: "I won’t be issuing guidance on the protection of hedgehogs."

The Times (subscription required) also reports that a study has suggested that English satellite towns are being marginalised as cities reap the benefits of government investment and devolution. The newspaper says that a report by think-tank Demos found that "as resources are ploughed into projects such as the Northern Powerhouse, HS2 and city mayors, surrounding towns are lagging behind in terms of health and social wellbeing".

The Independent reports a warning from MPs that the government’s reliance on private investors to support its flood defence-building programme has left a £350 million gap in the budget. According to the newspaper, the environment, food and rural affairs committee "said that the increased risk of extreme weather events would leave flood defence budgets stretched thinly".

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