Is the Conservation Area Advisory Committee now moribund? This was a group of volunteers who undertook to review planning applications in conservation areas and pass comments to the planning authority as to their suitability. Many excesses have been reined by this means. But there have been many changes lately. Laws change, assumptions are revised and planning is often under review. Local Authority budgets are cut, so support for the committee is reduced. Volunteers are sucked in by the Olympics so other areas suffer. Our local Conservation Area Advisory Committee has become less active.