Civic Day 2017

The concept of conservation areas was introduced in England, Wales and Scotland by the Civic Amenities Act 1967 through a private members bill led by Lord Duncan Sandys, Civic Trust founder. 50 years on from when the Civic Amenities Act 1967 was introduced, Civic Voice will be leading the Big Conservation Conversation to celebrate conservation areas and what they have done to protect and preserve the historic character of Britain’s cities, towns and villages.

Pontefract Civic Society will be leading the town’s plans for Civic Day (Sat 17 Jun) with partners closely aligned to our views in promoting the positive aspects of the town. As was announced at our AGM, this will see us coming together under the title of ‘Pontefract Cultural Consortium’ with our friends in Pontefract Heritage Group, Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens, Pontefract Lionesses and The Crescent Project.

Pontefract has four conservations areas which we will focus on with heritage walks, these being Market Place (which is actually most of the town centre), The Castle, The Mount (which the civic society was responsible for achieving), similarly Button Park & Friarwood. Our event will be centred on the Valley Gardens, though the town centre will be used to promote and communicate conservation to people young and old.