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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

Trust to recruit new Chief Executive

With the impending retirement of the Trust's longstanding Director, Peter Brown MBE, the search has started for his successor.  For details of the post, click here.

Fairfax House and Residents' weekend

Fairfax House opens to residents with a Yorkcard for the 2015 weekend!  11am - 4pm on 31 January, 11am - 2pm on 1 February.  Come in for free!  (Civic Trust members always free.)

City of York Draft Local Plan

The Trust is disappointed that City of York Council has still not agreed a draft Local Plan for our area. York should be guided in its planning decisions by a well-founded Local Plan: the completion of the process is essential, notwithstanding the tight timescale before the May elections. 

Trust position on 29 Castlegate

The Trust has made a statement about 29 Castlegate - the building next door  to Fairfax House - in light of press comments.

Latest Civic Trust plaque unveiled

On 20 October a plaque marking the birth of Joseph Rowntree was unveiled by the Trust and the Rowntree Foundation on the shop at 10, Pavement.  Rowntree senior ran a grocery shop there from 1822, and Joseph was born in their dwelling above the shop in 1836.