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What We Do

Our Aims

The Ruthin and District Civic Association was formed in 1988. We are a voluntary organisation which aims to:

  • Promote civic pride
  • Promote high standards of planning and architecture
  • Secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historical and public interest.
  • Act as a local co-ordinating body
  • Hold meetings, lectures and exhibitions

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What We Do


  • We make comments on strategic plans (currently the Denbighshire County Council Local Development Plan 2006 – 2021) which provides guidelines as to proposed land allocation for new development throughout the County. The Plan determines, in particular, where new housing and employment will be allowed
  • We regularly examine detailed planning applications for new development and, where appropriate, make constructive comments or object to proposals that are considered inappropriate
  • We also review any other plans and proposals that might affect the town and the surrounding area, such as those to alter traffic circulation, parking and landscaping schemes


  • We act as a watchdog and raise with the appropriate organisations any issues which affect the quality of the environment—fly-tipping, illegal signs, poor landscaping, parking issues, etc


  • We hold public meetings on a range of topics including historical themes (such as Darwin’s visit to the area), to environmental issues such as wind farms. The Association also provides the opportunity for the members and the public to ask politicians and officers about their vision and policies for the area


  • We have been involved in various activities and campaigns that have benefited the town and the surrounding area
  • For much of its life, the Association was at the forefront in the campaign to restore and open Nantclwyd y Dre as a visitor attraction


  • We also work closely with Denbighshire Country Council to organise the annual Heritage Weekends which have been a huge success since their inception in Ruthin in 2003. These weekends, held in September every year, give the general public the chance to explore places of interest free of charge and many that are not otherwise open. Ruthin’s is Denbighshire’s finest such event


  • We confer an annual award upon the owners of a building or facility, new or restored, which has enhanced and enriched the environment
  • We have installed green cast iron plaques on buildings around the town. These indicate buildings of architectural or historic significance and provide a snippet of information about each. The buildings include Nantclwyd y Dre, Ruthin Gaol, Capel Pendref, Capel y Tabernacl, Crown House, Ruthin Library, Rose Cottage, Sir John Trevor House, the Old Courthouse, Town Mill, Myddelton Arms and the gates by St Peter’s.

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