Often referred to as the ‘City’s Watchdogs’, the Civic Society is the conservation and amenity movement for St Albans. We are a member of the national organisation ‘Civic Voice‘.
Founded in 1961 and part of the nationwide civic society movement, we are a registered charity, number 200330, and a non political organisation, ready to welcome everyone who cares about the future of St Albans.
So, do join us, maybe to offer to help, or maybe just to show you support our aims. We offer, above all, a chance to be involved and have a say in what our city looks like and how it functions.
Download our Autumn 2018 newsletter
Luton Airport Consultation
The Society has submitted an objection the expansion of Luton Airport for the following reasons:
1. increase in noise pollution from additional aircraft over-flying St Albans.
2. additional pressure on the Midland mainline and Thameslink services vital to St Albans commuter needs.
3. additional traffic generation leading to increased congestion at M1 junctions and pinchpoints .
4. unnecessary increase in capacity considering cumulative over-expansion of airports in South East.
You can read the full letter here Luton Airport Expansion SACS response
Verulamium Park derives much of its character from its water-features. The view to the Abbey over the lakes affords one of the finest vistas in St Albans. And the Ver, which feeds the lakes, is valued as one of the World’s rarest and most endangered habitats: the chalk stream, a precious wonder of which we are custodian for future generations. Unfortunately, closer inspection of this bucolic scene reveals that all is not well in paradise. Low volumes of water-flow have exacerbated inherent silting problems which are now manifest: residents and visitors may encounter unsightly mud, unpleasant smells and dead wildfowl. Read more.
NPPF – National Planning Policy Framework
The Society has submitted a detailed response to the consultation on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The consultation sought views on proposals to change planning policy and legislation to bring forward more land in the right places. Read more. You can download a copy of our NPPF response here.
Local Plan Consultation
St Albans District Council has been consulting on a new Local Plan. Their 2016 draft Plan said they would build 436 homes a year. It included a total of 4,000 homes in the Green Belt. The government now says they should build 913 homes a year. This would mean about 9-10,000 homes in the Green Belt. The consultation closed on 21 February 2018.
Download the Society’s Response to Local Plan Consultation which addresses the questions raised in the Local Plan – Have Your Say form produced by the Council. A copy is available on the City Issues pages on the site Read more
Councillor Mary Maynard (portfolio holder for planning) will talk to us about the Council’s latest proposals for the Local Plan. Members, guests and Residents Associations welcome.
Over 100 people provided us with comments in response to the questionnaire sent to all members. At this meeting we will talk about the key points, discuss with you what that might mean in terms of how the Society develops and explain how we propose to use the information to produce our Five-Year Plan. This is combined with a social event and opportunity for informal discussions.
Join us for an update on the plans to revitalise the River Ver and find out more about how this impacts on the Lake, the Park and other areas adjacent to the River.
Last years Awards were presented on 5 October 2017 at the Maltings Arts Theatre.
Each year St Albans Civic Society celebrates imaginative development and design initiatives which have been completed within the city in the previous year – anything from an entire housing scheme to a beautiful front door. While many of the projects considered are architectural, and can involve restoration as well as new buildings, the award has also been made to green space refurbishment, such as in the Vintry Gardens, and the larger-than-life-size puppets that accompany the annual St Albans Pilgrimage.