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York Civic Trust

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York Civic Trust is a membership organisation, open to all who wish to protect and enhance York's architectural and cultural heritage, to champion good design and to advance the high place which York holds amongst the cities of the world. The Trust values its independence, but seeks to work collaboratively with the City of York Council and other organisations.


Latest News

York Design Awards 2016 launch

The Trust is represented in York Design Awards for the best new buildings and restoration.  The competition was launched on 26 January, and the Awards will be announced on 22 June.

Fairfax House open on 6 February

Fairfax House will re-open after its winter clean and catalogue until 6 February.  Entry is free for Civic Trust members and for Friends of Fairfax House.  The entrance and shop are being transformed!

The Future Planning of York - Seminar

A seminar on York's Green Belt and Housing requirements on 12 January 2016 at the National Centre for Early Music in Walmgate was attended by over 100 members. In a new departure, York Civic Trust  asked our membership what they think about the opportunities and threats presented by attitu...

Andrew Scott takes over as Chair

Our new Chair is Andrew Scott, former Director of York's National Railway Museum, and an engineer by training.  His predecessor, Peter Addyman, becomes President of the Trust.

Lord Mayor's Award for Conservation

Cllr. Ian Gillies made the first Lord Mayor's Award on 7 October to June Hargreaves MBE, in recognition of her significant contribution to conservation and the enhancement of York.  The Award will be made annually at each AGM.

York streets and A-Boards

The Council has instructed officers to prepare a policy on A-boards in York streets which includes licensing them. There will be a consultation later.  We hope Trust members will be ready to respond to the draft proposals. 

City Enhancement Fund - join our project teams

We have teams for small projects under our City Enhancement Fund. We welcome more members and several experts are willing to help get projects off the ground. Can you help?

Sustaining the City Beautiful - new Trust publication

Members now have the Trust's publication, Sustaining the City Beautiful, proposing actions - small and large - which are needed to improve York for residents, businesses and visitors.  We hope this publication will lead to local discussions and decisions...