Halifax Civic Trust

President Sir Ernest Hall

59 years of celebrating, enhancing and safeguarding Halifax's built and natural environment.

Founded in 1962, Registered Charity no. 508817

Chairman's Welcome

The Halifax Civic Trust is a voluntary organisation which aims to improve the quality of the Halifax townscape and celebrate, enhance and safeguard the outstanding built and natural environment of Halifax, which John Betjeman famously described as ‘a town of hidden beauty’. By campaigning, raising public awareness, supporting or opposing planning applications as appropriate, we hope to make and keep Halifax an attractive place to live and work.

Anyone can become a member of the Halifax Civic Trust and if, like us, you wish to celebrate and enhance Halifax’s outstanding built and natural environment, we warmly invite you to join us. Our programme of challenging and informative general meetings on a variety of issues relating to the local environment is open to everyone. We also hold an annual awards ceremony at Halifax Town Hall to recognise quality in local building design, construction and refurbishment and regular executive meetings to monitor planning applications and discuss other issues.

Individual membership is currently available at only £15.00 per year (£5.00 for students) and corporate membership rates are available on application.

We very much hope that you will decide to join us and strengthen our voice within the local community.


John A Hargreaves, Chairman

Chairmanship news flash

Dr John Hargreaves has for personal reasons recently resigned as Chairman of HCT, and we are very grateful to him for his 14 years of devoted service. John is well known in academic circles for his erudition, and he brought gravitas and rigour to the work of the Committee. He will remain a member of HCT and will be taking a close interest in our progress.

We welcome Alan Goodrum as our new Chairman. Alan is a Committee member, and took over as HCT Treasurer earlier this year. He brings with him a wealth of experience, having been Director of Planning for Leeds Development Corporation, and then Chief Executive for 19 years of Chiltern District Council and latterly also South Bucks District Council. Alan is a trustee of a local housing association, and is the Treasurer for YHACS (Yorks and Humber Association of Civic Societies).