We are proposing some amendments to the Ouseburn Futures constitution as we progress to establishing a Neighbourhood Forum, and members will be asked to approve at our General Meeting to be held at 6pm on 1st December 2015 at the Toffee Factory.
The proposed amendments
In Section 5
Neighbourhood Planning – the changes take into account the representations made by Byker councillors to ensure that Byker residents and businesses, as well as councillors, are fully involved in the development of a Plan. In 5(c) it is proposed that the development of the Neighbourhood Plan will be led by a Steering Committee, with two working groups reporting to them. The working groups will work to a jointly agreed workplan. The make-up of the Steering Committee is specified in 5(d). Point 4(b)vi has been amended to reflect the proposal to establish a Steering Committee, and point 4(b)ii(a) has been amended to identify places for residents and businesses in Ouseburn and Byker wards in the Co-ordinating Group.
In Section 8
Finances – the Co-ordinating Group proposes that Ouseburn Futures has the facility to open a bank account at any point in the future, so keeping the position as it is at the moment, with Ouseburn Futures’ money being held and managed by the Ouseburn Trust.
In Section 2
Purposes, Aims, Objectives and Powers – the wording in point (d) has been changed to be explicit about working alongside the Council, elected members, businesses and residents.
In Section 3
Membership – a new point (h) has been added to provide Ouseburn Futures with the right to refuse membership if necessary.
In Section 7
Alteration to the Constitution – point (c) reflects the fact that there is a ward boundary review in process at the moment in the city.
The full documents
The proposed amended constitution can be viewed or downloaded as a pdf file: Proposed amended Ouseburn Futures Constitution November 2015..