Village Hall Updates

We have provided an update on the Village Hall. Scottish Ministers have now issued a formal Decision on the PHCBS Appeal against DGC refusal to allow a Community Asset Transfer to PHCBS and the subsequent review process. The Scottish Ministers agree with the Reporter that PHCBS is not a community transfer body. Scottish Ministers therefore find that this appeal is incompetent and accordingly the appeal is dismissed.

This is quite a complex legal decision and the reporter also has looked at the merits of the case for transfer of the Village Hall to community ownership and his analysis of the CAT against the seven best value themes to ensure that a property can be sold or leased at less than market value provides insight into what would make a successful asset transfer request. We have provided a summary and overview of the Report, which is to be made publicly available, under Village Hall Updates June 2021.

Member Ballot – Conversion to Scio

We are pleased to report on the Special Board Meeting of the 29th March 2021, held to consider the members ballot on the legal form and constitution of the PCDT. Under the current Covid-19 restrictions this was an online virtual meeting to formally review the Board’s, recommendation to members that PCDT seek charity status, by converting to a Scottish Charity Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and the subsequent ballot of members. It was noted that the membership notice and papers had been served on the 13th March 2021 by email and newsletter.  The same information was also posted on our website with the opportunity to vote by paper or web site form.

 Votes Received    24.     Votes for the proposal 24.       Votes against 0

A voting record has been placed in the company documents.

In consideration of the Boards’ recommendation to members and receipt of the members votes. The following resolution was passed in accordance with the Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association:

We propose that following the unanimous vote by members of PCDT agreeing with the Board’s recommendation of 13th March 2021, the Board proceed to conversion to a Scottish Charity Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). Proposed by T Monteith and seconded Alex Palmer. The resolution has been entered in the register of company resolutions and the Board shall proceed accordingly.

Members Ballot – Conversion to SCIO

PCDT is an incorporated organisation. As a Development Trust our stated aims and objectives included the provision of social and community facilities, supporting local environment initiatives, supporting local heritage and cultural improvements, youth development and providing support to local people, groups and businesses.

Having taken advice PCDT Board are of the opinion that the benefits of being a SCIO outweigh any potential disadvantages and are unanimously recommending to members a proposal to convert to a SCIO. It is however important to note that this is a one-way opportunity. A limited company can convert to a SCIO but a SCIO cannot convert back to a company, it would have to be dissolved.  

You can read about the proposal and if you are a full member of PCDT then you can vote here.

Family & Friends 100 Club

We are pleased to announce that the second family and friends 100 Club draw took place on 22nd February,

Winning Number No 98. – Drawn February 22nd 17:48

The first prize was £60.00 We have contacted the winner who as asked that the prize be donated to PCDT.

The Fisherman’s Mission

We have been asked to publicise the help available to fishermen and their families during these difficult times.

You can go direct to www.fishermensmission.org.uk or contact Grant through the link below.

Hi, My name is is Grant Wilson and I work as Port Officer for a fishermen’s charity and am the representative for the Solway Coast. I would like to use this newsletter to introduce ‘The Fishermen’s Mission’ and explain what we do and what we have to offer to fishermen and their families during these difficult times.

The main aspects of our work are:    

  1. Rescued at sea, involved in an accident or taken ill while fishing;whatever crisis fishermen face, our port staff provide vital emergency response services to the injured and shipwrecked.
  2. When fishermen and their families hit tough times, we provide a wealth of practical support; Immediate financial assistance towards rent, food, utility bills, school dinners or school uniform.
  3. As an ecumenical charity the Fishermen’s Mission maintains a positive, loyal, and trusted Christian presence in our fishing communities: We offer practical and pastoral help.

 If you need the Mission to respond to an emergency, need immediate financial assistance, require emotional support, or simply want a blether because you are are stuck at home then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Emergency    :  please call 0800 634 1020.

Call Grant  : 07774 115412 

Email          : Grantwilson@Fishermensmission.org.uk  Facebook   ; Westscotlandfishmish