City Enhancement

Programme and Fund

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  purchasing Ron Cooke’s book Changing the Face of the City, proceeds of which go to the Programme . This can be found in our online shop.

Projects Update

Fossgate Banner – Spring 2018

Completed Projects

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

Current Projects

Fossgate Banner

Ice House, Monk Bar restoration

Queen Victoria Statue, Holgate restoration

Memorial Gardens Coat of Arms restoration

Drinking Fountain, Museum Gardens restoration

Lord Mayor’s Walk-Gillygate Corner Pocket Park

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