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15/09/2017 03:10 AM
Southport Civic Society querying consultation process by Sefton Council
Sefton Council plans to replace the badly worn red surface on the famous Lord Street - saying it has become “potentially dangerous” - with black tarmac in a bid to save money. The historic boulevard is famous for its quirky red asphalt, a feature on thousands of postcards across many generations, and a key characteristic of its Conservation Area. Southport Civic Society is among those urging the council to reconsider its decision. They said: "Lord Street is a nationally recognised Conservation Area, on a par with Princes Street, Edinburgh and proper consultation must take place on this issue,…

15/09/2017 01:32 AM
Sajid Javid sets out latest proposals to “speed up housing delivery”
A new consultation setting out a number of proposals to reform the planning system (again!!) to increase the supply of new homes and increase local authority capacity to manage growth has been published by the Government. Proposals include: a standard method for calculating local authorities’ housing need how neighbourhood planning groups can have greater certainty on the level of housing need to plan for a statement of common ground to improve how local authorities work together to meet housing and other needs across boundaries making the use of viability assessments simpler, quicker and more transparent increased…

08/09/2017 06:40 AM
Heritage Open Day 2017
On a decidedly unpromising day, eight hardy souls turned up for Peter's usual heritage walk. A thunderstorm halfway round did not affect the walk, and again the mayoral dias at The Civic Hall was made available to view. The stall in Thornton Square attracted some attention, and a few passers-by took away copies of the Trust's leaflet.

31/08/2017 05:02 AM
Oxford Civic Society has submitted comments on Oxford City’s ‘Preferred Options’
Oxford Civic Society has submitted comments on Oxford City’s ‘Preferred Options’ document which is the latest stage in preparing a new Local Plan for the City. They have reviewed all 107 Preferred Options wiith a summary of the submissions now on the Society’s website.">Go to

31/08/2017 04:58 AM
Art 360 on the Green with Wells Civic Society
The first public art event on the Cathedral Green held on Saturday was a great success with over 50 entries to the competition and many more joining in just for fun. All ages and abilities were there, from baby Morgan at 10 months to veteran of Wells Civic Society Patrick Brown at 92. The sunshine and the Bank Holiday weekend brought many visitors to the Green and Chair of the Civic Society, Chris Winter, together with Clare Blackmore and Hilary Water who organised the event, were delighted with the results. Chris said: “We are very grateful to the Dean of Wells…

27/08/2017 05:55 AM
Press Release:Bournemouth Civic Society has revealed plans to regenerate the threatened former Odeon
Press Release: Arts centre plans for threatened Regent Theatre Bournemouth Civic Society has revealed plans to regenerate the threatened former Odeon in Westover Road as an arts centre for Bournemouth. Working with leading international design architects Aedas and their specialist Arts Team, the Society has released the first visuals of the theatre revamped and rebranded with its original name, The Regent. Key features of the scheme include a new roof-top bar and a café-restaurant once again making use of the balcony with its views over the Lower Gardens and beyond. The building is currently owned by Libra Homes, who have so…

15/08/2017 12:33 AM
Voting is now open for the Civic Voice Trustee election.
Voting to elect new trustees to decide who should run Civic Voice is now open. There are four candidates for three vacancies on the Board. These posts arise due to a clause in our constitution meaning trustees should seek re-election after a three year period. The results will be announced at the AGM on Saturday 26th October.  Civic societies who have joined Civic Voice are eligible to vote. If you are unsure as to whether your civic society have paid membership up this year, do get in touch. The ballot closes at 5pm on September 11th and only…

10/08/2017 08:03 PM
Local list – Mitcham’s proposed additions accepted
Merton Council maintains a “local list” of buildings and structures which are of historic interest and add character to the area. Civic Voice member, Mitcham Cricket Green and Community Heritage have been pleased to help ensure a clear process for making additions based on input from the local community.  This year they proposed five additions to the local list for Mitcham Cricket Green: Bramcote Court and Parade – a distinctive 1930s residential development in the “moderne” style The Canons walls and well – these impressive structures include examples from both the 18th and 19th century and…

10/08/2017 07:33 PM
Stamford 50: A celebration of the UK’s first Conservation Area
Civic Voice Chair, Joan Humble is speaking at a conference in the town of Stamford, Lincolnshire. Stamford was was the first to be designated as a Conservation Area and, in recognition of this, South Kesteven District Council is marking the event with a one-day conference on Thursday 21 September 2017 in the Arts Centre in Stamford. The event is being is supported by RIBA, Historic England, RTPI, IHBC and Civic Voice. The day will bring together a range of speakers who represent different professions and stakeholders whose life or work is influenced by the existence of Conservation Areas. The speakers will draw out what lessons have been learnt over the…

10/08/2017 06:52 PM
Did you know Birmingham has 30 Conservation Areas? - Brum’s Big Conservation Area Buz Tour
Do you want to join Ian Harvey, Civic Voice Executive Director and Gavin Orton, Chair of Birmingham Civic Society for a bottle of Civic Pride, well now you can.  To kick-off Heritage Week and mark the 50th anniversary of Conservation Areas, Birmingham Civic Society in partnership with Civic Voice and others are organising a guided tour of Birmingham’s Conservation Areas. Join us on the "Big Brum Buz" as we pick up some of the Conservation Areas from around the city – telling you the stories behind them and why they are areas of special interest for our city.…