I am pleased to tell you that both motions proposed by the Board to the membership and the subject of the postal ballot, were passed in each case by a substantial majority. I set out below the result declared by the independent adjudicator, after he counted the votes received in the presence of several directors as observers.
I have reported the outcome to the Charity commission, who have indicated they are now prepared to issue the new scheme and assist the Charity moving forward with its efforts to relocate the outdoor activities. The funds for such relocation(s) will be raised from the sale for residential redevelopment of land at Horntye Park, excluding the main building and sports hall, the two cottages and sufficient land for car parking to service sporting and social activities that will continue.
The Board will seek to implement such relocation, in a way which will cause the least possible disturbance and interruption to all present users of Horntye Park.
There is still some way to go to bring matters to fruition, but subject to the grants of the relevant legal and other consents, we seem to be making headway, all for the benefit of sport and recreation in the area of Hastings Borough Council and the surrounding area of Rother District Council.
The facilities at Horntye Park are now open and back in use other than indoor football. There are certain restrictions on numbers gathering, but this will be explained when an application for use is received. Pre-booking and the identification of the organiser and all participants will be required. . Please bear with us, if you should have to leave a message to gain a response, but staff are only on duty on a limited basis, whilst the level of activity is so reduced by the protective measures and guidance still in place.
When regulation of numbers due to Covid is relaxed, we will hold an Annual General Meeting for the Horntye Park membership.
Should you have further questions please contact me or one of the Directors.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hastings Park Management Company the Sole Trustee of Hastings and St. Leonards Central Cricket and Recreation Ground Trust.
Results of Postal Ballot of Members
The Company invite the Charity Commission to confer a new Charity Scheme for the Hastings and St. Leonards Central Cricket and Recreation Ground (having a Registered Charity Number of 305242) based upon the draft Scheme previously circulated.
In favour: …92… Against: …5… Abstention: …1…
Number of overall votes cast: …98…
The Company advance its efforts to sell all or part(s) of the Charity’s Horntye Park site to further the promotion of the aims and objects from time to time of the Charity with the intent where possible to achieve the relocation and renewal of its facilities to alternative site or sites having secured the consent, where required, of Sport England and all authorities and approvals required therefore by the Charity Commission.
In favour: …95… Against: …3… Abstention: …2…
Number of overall votes cast: …100…
Resolution 1 carried by 93.87% of all votes cast being in favour of this resolution.
Resolution 2 carried by 95.00% of all votes cast being in favour of this resolution.