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CONSTITUTION

HILLSWICK AND ESHANESS AREA REGENERATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONSTITUTION.

1. NAME

The Association shall be known as Hillswick and Eshaness Area Regeneration and Development (HEARD)

2. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

The objective of the Association shall be to advance education and to provide facilities and services in the interest of social and welfare needs in Hillswick and Eshaness, with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants of Hillswick and Eshaness, by means of engaging the inhabitants, voluntary organisations, the Local Authority and other appropriate agencies in a common effort.

The Association shall be non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion. In keeping with such aims, employing whatever means members deem expedient, the Association will seek to:

a) bring together in conference , and working liaison with, representatives of voluntary organisations, government departments, local and other statutory authorities and individuals;

b) address concerns within the Hillswick and Eshaness area;

c) explores funding from other agencies;

d) explore the possibility of employing and paying any persons or persons to organise and carry on the work of the Association;

e) actively pursue resources, facilities and support for the development of the Hillswick and Eshaness area;

f) have the power to do things necessary for the fulfilment of its objects.

3. HERITABLE PROPERTY

a) The Association shall be able to purchase, lease or otherwise acquire any property and any rights and privileges necessary for the promotion of the said objects and construct, maintain and alter any buildings necessary for the work of the Group.

b) Make regulations for the management of the property which may be so acquired.

4. MEMBERSHIP

Membership shall be open to all those who support the aims of the Association.

The Association at its first Annual General Meeting shall elect from its membership a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and such other honorary officers as the Association shall from time to time decide. In addition to the members so elected, the Association may co-opt members who shall serve until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting.

The Association may co-opt representatives from other agencies, including Shetland Enterprise, the Shetland Islands Council Development Department, the Are Community Learning and Development Officer, Community Council representatives and the local Councillors. Co-opted members shall not be entitled to vote at meetings.

The Association may appoint such special or standing committees or sub-committees as may be considered appropriate and shall determine their sepresentative terms of reference, powers, duration and composition. All acts and proceedings of such special or standing committees or sub-committees shall be reported back to the Association as soon as possible.

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