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.
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.
Over the last few months PCDT members have been working to re-fit the former dress shop at 7 Main Street Portpatrick, to bring it into community use as a Community Resource Centre. We have agreed a long term lease with the owners and a specification for the re-fit. The work has involved strip out of the old shop fittings, re-wiring, replumbing re-painting and new flooring throughout. We are delighted with the support of donations of materials, equipment and fittings received from local businesses with particular thanks to:
- Brush Strokes
- Plumb Centre
- RS Windows
- Stranraer Carpet Co.
- Travis Perkins
And to local people ( A&S MacLeod, D Higgins, G McKee) for donations of material and equipment. All work has been done under covid-19 restrictions and in view of these continuing restrictions we will be having a “virtual” opening. In the short term the “Gaitherin Place” will be used to provide a range of support services and due to covid restrictions this will be on a 1 to 1 appointment basis. This will be a continuation of the work we have been doing to provide advocacy, sign-posting and a listening ear service. As restrictions ease we will be able to open up more and provide a range of services and activities.
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