Birmingham City Council is advertising for a new conservation officer in a move welcomed by the city's Victorian Society.

It comes after the society complained earlier this month that 'at risk' historic buildings in Birmingham, including the Moseley Road Baths and Curzon Street Station, were being looked after by just one full time official - down from a team of seven five years ago.

The society warned of a conservation crisis, pointing out the official English Heritage list of at risk buildings in Birmingham was growing as staff numbers were cut.

Now an advert for a principal conservation officer, earning between £32,000 and £39,000 has appeared on a planning trade website.

The Victorian Society's West Midlands chairman Stephen Hartland said: "The society welcomes Birmingham City Council's decision to advertise the vacant conservation officer position at a time when finding funding is extremely challenging.

"We look forward to working closely with whoever is appointed. However, even two conservation officers will find it difficult to properly carry out the council's statutory duty to protect the city's 2,000 listed buildings and 30 conservation areas.

"The society remains especially concerned about buildings such as Moseley Road Baths. This is a building of international importance, and the only Grade II*-listed working municipal swimming baths in the country."