The Central District stretches from Hadera in the north to Gedera in the south and across to Modi’in in the east, forming a semi-circle around the Tel Aviv region (Holon, Bat Yam, Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Ramat Hasharon and Herzliya) and comprising 10 regional councils, 13 cities (one of which, Rishon Letzion, will soon be the third largest in Israel) and 11 local councils. The district is one of the most densely populated in Israel, the communities and infrastructures are growing rapidly and the value of land is amongst the highest in the country.
The district boasts many heritage sites, most important of which are the towns founded during the period of the First Aliyah – Rishon Letzion, Nes Tziona, Gedera, Rehovot, Mazkeret Batya, Petah Tikva and the relative latecomer, Kfar Saba, together with ancient mixed cities such as Lod and Ramle. Populated areas such as Tel Mond, the resort town Netanya and even newer towns like Rosh Ha’ayin are also home to historic sites and buildings.
The challenges facing the district stem chiefly from real estate pressures; the value of property is high, as is the demand to live in the centre of the country, so that interested parties fight for every inch of land.
Most of the towns of the district , as well as many local councils have recently seen a growing awareness of conservation. In most of them, conservation plans at different stages have moved forward, surveys are conducted and conservation committees meet.
The situation in the regional councils is more complex, because of their very nature, since they incorporate sometimes dozens of small villages, farming communities and kibbutz settlements. The situation whereby the settlement initiates the conservation register, while the onus is on the regional committee to advance the plans, is an intrinsically difficult one. In most of the regional councils (with the exception of Gezer, the southern Sharon and Emek Hefer) conservation committees do not convene because of this complexity, although they do promote conservation in other ways.
The public committee of the district, because of the scattered and diverse nature of the communities, is made up of members with very little in common. For this reason, the meetings of the committee are usually aimed at raising awareness of conservation in the community where the committee operates, rather than serving as a group to push forward on conservation issues.
Due to the size of the district and the abundance of sites and tasks, we work in close collaboration with local supporters who promote conservation awareness in their communities. We’ll be delighted to see you join our team of active supporters here in the central district. If you have any queries, please get in touch with me at:
The success of conservation for the sake of future generations is in our hands. Thank you to all those who play their part in it.
Tal Ben-nun Glass
Director, Central District