Southgate District Civic Voice was formerly known as Southgate District Civic Trust
Member of Civic Voice and London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies
We are Southgate District Civic Voice (SDCV), a not for profit organisation run by volunteers. Our main area of interest includes: Southgate, Southgate Green, Cockfosters, New Southgate, Oakwood, Palmers Green, & Winchmore Hill. An area loosely based on the old Southgate Municipal Borough, abolished in 1965 to form part of the London Borough of Enfield.
Founded in 1962 as Southgate Civic Trust, in response to the threat to demolish the Georgian cottages on Southgate Green and dissatisfaction with official planning procedures. This fight contributed to the creation of Southgate Green conservation area. In 1993 the Trust’s name was changed to Southgate District Civic Trust to better reflect our area of interest. Then in 2018, marking our continued ability to evolve and speak up for our local community, we became Southgate District Civic Voice.
Since the creation of the Southgate Green conservation area, SDCV has been involved in the creation and management of more local conservation areas, such as Winchmore Hill, Vicars Moor Lane and Highlands Hospital. Currently, we represent the Southgate Circus conservation area on the Enfield Conservation Advisory Group. Ours is a living and growing area and Southgate District Civic Voice aims to secure its future, by promoting improvements and actively campaigning to protect it. We support those features of social, economic and physical change that enhance our local community life.
We hold regular meetings to discuss relevant planning applications, including major local developments as well as meetings on local history, forthcoming publications, open meetings and not forgetting social events. Regular updates are issued via our E-news, Facebook or Twitter, plus members benefit from receiving our quarterly newsletter.
Southgate District Civic Voice works with other local organisations and residents’ associations, as well as Enfield Council, local and national authorities, central government and MPs on local planning, environmental and social issues.
We have representatives on Enfield Council’s Conservation Advisory Group, the Green Belt Forum, Friends of the Parks, Ward Forums and other local groups. Southgate District Civic Voice is a member of Civic Voice the national charity for the civic movement in England and is represented on their Regional Forum. It is also a member of the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies.
The Officers and Trustees are elected at the Annual General Meeting to develop and deliver the Southgate District Civic Voice vision, to build relationships with stakeholders, and to manage our performance including recruitment and retention of members.
Southgate Voice is supported by donations and subscriptions, with all work done by volunteers. If you share our vision or have a concerned interest in the local environment, planning, heritage, regeneration, business, or civic pride – why not consider becoming a member.
The annual subscription is £15 per household, although additional donations are always welcome. To join click here.
Southgate District Civic Voice was founded in 1962.
Our constitution is reviewed on a regular basis and any amendments agreed at the Annual General Meeting. The constitution document was last reviewed and approved by members on 27th April 2019.
The full document can be seen here.
Southgate District Civic Voice takes all reasonable steps to ensure that personal data collected is treated confidentially.
Vice Chair (elected by committee)
Chris Horner / Jane Maggs
The Planning Group meet on a monthly basis to review, and comment on planning applications that fall within our remit for consideration, and also focus on our response to conservation and listed building matters.
A member of the group represents SDCV on the London Borough of Enfield Conservation Advisory Group, which meets monthly to discuss applications that impact conservation and heritage within the borough.
Planning Group Chair
Heritage covers a wide area, but members promote an awareness and appreciation of our rich historic past and heritage, through research, guided walks, and local history publications.
Local History group meetings are arranged twice a year, usually with a speaker on a topic of historical interest. These meetings are open to all members as well as visitors. The Publications Sub Committee meets at regular intervals to promote and produce publications related to our local history and heritage.
Local History Group Chair
Publications Sub-Committee Chair
A range of events are organised throughout the year. The highlights are our Spring and Autumn Open Meetings, where we have a speaker on a topic of interest and relevance to our area. These meetings are open to all, free to members, but with a small entrance fee for non-members.
We also take part in a range of community events in the area, including fairs, festivals and celebrations. Meetings are arranged on specific subjects to highlight or discuss our response to developments, consultations or other changes in the area.
Various members take on the organising of different events.