York Civic Trust

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York Civic Trust

Current Activities: Strategies


York Central - an important site which the Trust hopes can soon be developed
York Civic Trust was set up 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. Today's members remain just as committed to helping with major initiatives which have a profound effect on the future of York. 
The City Enhancement Programme involves projects organised by the Trust which we believe are  necessary to sustain York as a beautiful city and to be undertaken as soon as possible. 

One of the Trust's collaborations with the City of York Council is a campaign "Reinvigorating York" which aims to improve our streets. We were delighted that the Department of Transport's 2013 Traffic Advisory Leaflet Reducing Sign Clutter cited York as a case study of removal of some unnecessary signs.

The Local Development Framework, it was hoped, would become York's Local Plan. We continue to offer support to City officers in their considerations, for instance taking part in the Visioning Workshops at the end of 2012.  However, the Trust wrote in October 2014 expressing disappointment at progress so far, and the dangers which that posed for York's green areas.
We believe Professor Alan Simpson's Economic Masterplan could help generate major inward investment into York.
We also welcomed and supported the City Council's bid for World Heritage Status.