City Enhancement Programme

The City Enhancement Programme and Fund are tasked to preserve, restore, enhance, enrich and sustain the public realm – the streets and open space – of the city of York. It invests in projects that are suggested either by the Trust’s members or other members of the public.

The Archbishop of York dedicates the restored Rigg Monument, 2017 – a City Enhancement Project.

Projects are overseen by our volunteer Project Managers who, although unpaid, are highly professional.  They enlist partners and funders, and supervise the design and implementation of each project.

You can support City Enhancement by either purchasing Ron Cooke’s book Changing the Face of the City, proceeds of which go to the Programme and can be found in our online shop, or by donating directly to the City Enhancement project.

York Civic Trust welcomes all donations to continue the Programme’s work. If you would like to discuss a possible donation for a specific project, or the wider programme, please contact David Fraser .

Completed Projects

Fossgate Banner – Spring 2018

Station Road Compass – Completed April 2018

Drinking Fountain, Acomb Green-Completed April 2018

Cigarette Bins – Completed March 2018

St Helen’s Square Benches & Lanterns – Completed December 2017

City Centre Street Name Signs – Completed August 2017

Coat of Arms, Beckett’s Bank & Georgian Door, Coney St – Completed June 2017

King’s Staith Railings Restoration – Completed May 2017

Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School Gates – Unveiled May 2017

Lawrence Street Water Trough – Completed April 2017

St Margaret’s Church (National Centre for Early Music) Gates – Completed April 2017

The Rigg Monument Restoration – Dedicated by the Archbishop of York, March 2017

John Snow Memorial, North Street Gardens – Unveiled March 2017

All Saints Pavement ‘Pocket Park’ – Opened May 2016

Upcoming Projects

Ice House, Monk Bar restoration

Queen Victoria Statue, Holgate restoration

Memorial Gardens Coat of Arms restoration

Bootham Walls Site

Drinking Fountain, Museum Gardens restoration

St Helen’s Churchyard Davygate

WayFinding posts

Waste Corrals, city centre



Plaques marking important places and people are an important part of the City Enhancement Programme:  see Civic Trust Plaques