Watchdog group seeks new members
Jan 2 2009 by Henryk Zientek, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A HUDDERSFIELD watchdog group has launched a membership drive.
The town’s Civic Society hopes the drive will boost its work helping to shape the development of Huddersfield.
The society’s latest appeal insists that new members were needed to increase income through subscriptions and to gather together “as much active and concerned support as possible” to help the society argue its case over town centre development and heritage matters.
The society, a voluntary organisation, has contributed to debates over issues such as the Queensgate Revival scheme, plans for a new Tesco superstore at Southgate, the St George’s Square revamp and the Waterfront Quarter development at the bottom of Chapel Hill.
It also campaigns over issues such as listed buildings, parking, introducing more greenery to the town centre and extending the Blue Plaques scheme for new or restored buildings of distinction.
Its chairman, Prof Cedric Cullingford, said increasing membership was one of the main points to be considered at the society’s annual meeting in March.
He said that while much work over the years had been done by “a cohort of dedicated individuals” it was also hoped to involve the wider membership in decision-making and lobbying.
“We want as many members as possible taking an active interest, joining the debates, having a voice, enjoying the experiences and supporting the society generally,” he said.
“At the same time we would like an efficient, professional organisation that is respected as such.”
Prof Cullingford added: “The society has a central role to play in all the developments of the town; it is not so much concerned with single issues as with the overall strategy.
“But it is the details that count, the individual buildings and projects, each of which needs an advocate.”
Prof Cullingford said the society was considering introducing different types of membership, such as a student membership rate aimed especially at architecture students at Huddersfield University, as well as rates for individuals and associate members representing specific organisations.