We are a registered charity of civic societies around the Yorkshire and Humber region. Our member societies are independent, grass roots groups of citizens who seek to enhance the quality of life in their communities. The movement has come a long way since the most recent phase of civic societies began in the 1960s and 1970s. While we still regard the protection of heritage in the built environment as a key aim, we see new development as a sometimes necessary step in the direction of vibrancy and prosperity in our communities. Where civic societies once viewed development in a largely negative way, the civic society movement in our region looks to present development as an opportunity to create the heritage of tomorrow. At YHACS, we are driven by a desire to reconcile the past, present and future of our townscapes with a vision that is developed by communities in their local civic societies.