ILKLEY Civic Society has won a Civic Day award for an outstanding contribution to Civic Day on June 17, 2017.

The Civic Voice Award was received by Helen Kidman on behalf of the society from Cllr Kevin Barker, the Mayor of Wakefield, at the recent Civic Voice Convention in Wakefield.

The society staged an exhibition at Christchurch, Ilkley on the Big Conservation Conversation, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act 1967 which created conservation areas.

The exhibition celebrated Ilkley’s three conservation areas and the large number of listed buildings in the town. The two-day exhibition also featured conservation work of a number of voluntary organisations and of Overton Architects practice. A heritage walk was conducted to observe key features of the main conservation area. A smaller exhibition continued at the library through the summer.

In advance of the exhibition an information leaflet on building conservation was delivered to every home and business in the conservation areas

The civic society has supported Bradford Council’s conservation officers by assisting with conservation appraisals in Ilkley for a number of years. The society has supported listed building applications to Historic England and comments on planning applications, when appropriate supporting those which enhance the conservation areas. The work undertaken is often recognised through the society’s design awards scheme.