Cirencester Civic Society

Nowadays voluntary bodies like the Civic Society, funded by subscription, are needed as watchdogs over business on the one hand and local government on the other. We can alert the public when the distinctive qualities of the town look like being sacrificed to short-term ends. We offer a forum for discussion between opposing interests. When necessary, we organise campaigns of pressure and protest, opposing unsightly development proposals at public inquiry.

To undertake this role, the Civic Society has professional backing: our Executive Committee includes qualified architects and planners from the membership and meets monthly to scrutinise every new planning application, sending comments and suggestions where necessary to the local authority. As an amenity society, we are consulted by the District Council over major planning applications, such as those concerning proposed out-of-town retail shopping centres and supermarkets. We have members who are active on  town-wide bodies  and we look in careful detail at the effect on the environment of new proposals such as traffic schemes or industrial development.

Our monthly meetings are held at The Ashcroft Centre, Ashcroft Road, and feature speakers on architectural, archaeological and conservation topics. We have erected blue plaques on historic buildings in the town and installed a series of brass plates in the pavements to enable visitors to follow a self-guided trail-using the Town trail leaflet obtainable from the Information Offices. A list of the blue plaques and a map of each location can be viewed on the website- go to PLACE MAP and use the drop down menu to view or download.The policy on blue plaques can be downloaded from the About us/Documents page or by contacting the Hon. Secretary.

We arrange regular guided Town Walks by our members, full details can be found on the TOWN WALKS page. We organise the annual Heritage Open Days Event in September, full details can be found on the HERITAGE OPEN DAYS page.

The Executive Committee meets each month and the minutes of the meeting are posted on the About Us/ Documents page after they have been approved.