Registered charity No. 246145
The Civic Society promotes appropriate and high-quality standards for the development of Altrincham, in order to create a pleasant, attractive and thriving environment, of which its residents and businesses can be proud
The Civic Society was formed nearly 50 years ago to ensure that the highest standards for the development of Altrincham are achieved. Over recent years we have been particularly keen to influence proposed major developments in our town, including the Altrincham General Hospital sites; Altrincham Town Hall; Altrincham Interchange; the Historic Market Quarter; St Anne’s Home and Station Buildings. We address issues such as architectural design; public realm; pedestrian movement; traffic flow and car parking.
In addition to major developments, the Society monitors planning applications for smaller schemes, in order to gauge their impact upon residents and large and small businesses.
We also seek to protect and conserve historic buildings and features and encourage adaption and reuse, in order to retain the distinct character of the area and maintain a sense of place. We actively campaign to protect all of our vulnerable Conservation Areas.
With the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant the creation of an Oral History Project and the Altrincham Area Image Archive website with historic plans is finally coming to fruition. After many years of work we hope to launch it soon.
Additionally, we are pro-active in the protection and creation of green spaces and tree planting and landscape schemes, in order to improve the ambiance and environment of the area. Street clutter removal and the idea of sharing our street schemes are also encouraged.
The Society arranges regular open Management Committee meetings and special events to discuss items of interest or concern and to inform members, guests and visitors.
The AGM is held in November and often includes a variety of talks with outside speakers. The Society is represented on the Altrincham Forward Board and some committee members are Associates.
As foundation members of Civic Voice, the Society takes part in the annual national Civic Day in June each year.