Have your say at final Malvern Hills Trust consultation sessions this week - The Malvern Observer

Have your say at final Malvern Hills Trust consultation sessions this week

Malvern Editorial 4th Jul, 2024   0

THIS week marks the last chance for people to attend drop in sessions as part of Malvern Hills Trust’s public consultation on the future of legislation governing the hills.

The Trust is planning to update its governing Acts to ‘make the charity fit for the future’. It is the first time in 30 years new legislation is proposed for the 140-year-old organisation.

Staff and trustees will be available to answer questions about the need for change, the detailed proposals and how you can have your say at two upcoming sessions.

The sessions will be held at Colwall Village Hall from 3pm to 8pm on Friday, July 5 and at Malvern Theatres in the Circle Bar from 1.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday, July 7. Everyone is welcome.

Full details of the Trust’s proposals are now available as well as access to an online questionnaire to gather responses.

Over the next few months the Trust will be discussing these proposals with stakeholders and Government Departments.

The Trust is also keen to speak with local organisations, who may have concerns and encourage them to take part in the consultation.

A previous public consultation took place in 2019. There was an excellent response and the Trust has incorporated some of the suggestions received into its revised proposals.

The trust will be making the changes by a Parliamentary Private Bill. The Charity Commission has given consent for the Trust to proceed with this course of action.

Main plans for the trust’s governing legislation includes protecting and preserving the Hills as a public open space, keeping all decision making meetings open to the public, and the right of those who pay the levy to elect trustees to the Board.

Extensive other means of reform are also proposed.

Visit https://www.malvernhills.org.uk/governance-changes/ for more information.

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