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Civic Voice fills Civic Trust shoes

Civic Voice has launched itself as the new mouthpiece for the civic movement, taking up the role of the bankrupt Civic Trust

Terry Farrell and Griff Rhys Jones last week launched the new charity, which represents 250,000 members in the UK from over 1,000 civic societies, some dating back to the 1840s.

Speaking at the launch, Rhys Jones said: ‘With three in four people identifying something valued locally that is at risk, the time is ripe for a powerful new grassroots voice.’

Tony Burton, director of Civic Voice, said: ‘The civic movement should be in the driving seat of a new politics, which responds to the pride people have in the place where they live.’

The organisation has launched an inaugural ‘Love Local’ campaign for civic issues. The online survey seeks digital images, declarations of civic pride and notices of civic amenities at risk. Civic Voice says it will campaign for these issues which ‘people identify.’

The Civic Trust went into administration in April last year, with the Civic Trust Awards surviving as a new entity.

Terry Farrell on Civic Voice

‘I am very pleased to be involved in the launch of the Civic Voice initiative. Civic Societies play a key role in preserving and promoting the very best in our built environment, so it was a sad day when the Civic Trust went into administration.

‘I believe Civic Voice will once again give these vital community organisations the voice they deserve. A sense of civic pride is the starting point for engaging local communities in how they want to shape their local area and Civic Societies help facilitate this.

‘With 250,000 individual members, the civic movement is one of the largest social movements in the country so, with effective representation, it can be a very powerful voice. On a personal note, as an architect and planner, I have always advocated reuse and regeneration of existing buildings and structures ahead of new build. Given the environmental challenges we face today, I believe we cannot afford to think in any other way.’

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