Welcome to Reading Civic Society

Reading Civic Society was formed in 1962 at a period of rapid development in the town.  It rallied public opinion when the Market Place and old Town Hall came under threat and there was the prospect of a road being driven through Forbury Gardens.

The Society is committed to promoting conservation in all its guises – not only safeguarding historic buildings but also enhancing parks, open spaces and waterways and raising public awareness of these assets.  It celebrates the town’s history by supporting the restoration of monuments and notable features, and erecting information boards.  We work in partnership with other local-interest groups and engage with the local planning authority.

Much of the Society’s work lies in examining applications for planning permission.  We meet developers and submit comments to planning officers, and seek to encourage high quality new building design.  Our observations are noted in planning recommendations.  We give particular attention to work planned for listed buildings and conservation areas.

Information about our role can be found HERE and if you like what we do please join us to support our work. You can find how to join us HERE

Information about our past activities may be found HERE

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You may contact the Chair (Richard Bennett) to discuss any particular interests on ReadingCivicSociety@gmail.com

Should you have been directed to this page from Reading Borough Council’s page about Conservation Areas and other heritage matters, please click the links:

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