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 party-political and non religious 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.

Our winter 2017 newsletter is now available.

Current issues

Local Plan Consultation

St Albans District Council is currently 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 Society will submit a response to the Local Plan. This will be drafted by volunteers amongst the membership who have experience of planning and architecture, with the final document being approved by our Committee. We welcome contributions and suggestions from all members of the Society so please let us know your views by emailing us stalbanscivicsociety@gmail.com          Read more

Inspiring Libraries: The Next Phase 2018-2021

Hertfordshire County Council launched its ‘Inspiring Libraries’ Strategy in 2014, following an extensive public consultation, which attracted more than 15,000 responses. ‘Inspiring Libraries’ aimed to set a vision and direction for the service over the next 10 years. However, ongoing pressure on the County Council budget means that they are considering further budget savings across all services and need to identify the most appropriate way of managing the library services. A public consultation is taking place between 8 January and 18 February 2018 to seek customer and stakeholder views on the next phase of ‘Inspiring Libraries, and the options for delivering the service. This includes looking at alternatives such as operating through a Trading Company, transferring the service to a Mutual organisation, outsourcing to a third party, operating a joint venture. To read the full proposals and submit a response click here.

Awards entries

Do you know of a project completed during 2017 that might deserve recognition in the Society’s Awards? These can be for new developments, large or small, but could be for a small extension, restored windows on a period property, or a rebuilt wall. Its not just about buildings either. Remember the Society’s Awards cover things that enhance the quality of St Albans environment or amenities and the Trevelyan Award is presented for a conservation project. Read more

Awards

This years Awards were presented on 5 October 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.

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Events

The new St Albans Museum and Gallery Project

Date: 15 February 2018

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

A talk by Catherine Newley, Audience Development Manager at the Museum.

Reflections on Architectural Quality

Date: 15 March 2018

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

A talk by Bob Thompson. A joint meeting with Herts Association of Architects.

Civic Voice Awards

Date: 19 April 2018

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

A talk by Max Farrell, Chair of Civic Voice Design Awards.

Smallford Station: starting point for a Local Community Heritage Project

Date: 24 May 2018

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

A talk by Jeff Lewis.
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All Events