The Community Land Trust (CLT) Steering Group has met monthly with Graham Maunders of Action in Rural Sussex (AirS), who is guiding the Group through the process of establishing the CLT as a formal legal entity, and the Community Benefit Society model has been chosen.
It has appointed an Acting Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer and thanks to good team working during summer holidays, completed an application to the National CLT Network for start-up funding to cover legal costs and develop wider community engagement within a short deadline. The Parish Council’s initial donation has covered the small subscription to the National CLT Network which enabled this application to be submitted.
The group are evaluating sites and so far two are of particular interest, potentially providing between them some 10 – 20 CLT Homes. A meeting with Arun’s Housing Enabling Manager, Andy Elder, took place at the end of July to discuss these sites. Unfortunately Andy Elder is moving on but the group look forward to working with his successor.
The next meeting will take place on Monday Sept 17th at Aldingbourne Community Centre at 7pm. Unfortunately one of the Group members, a resident from Barnham, had to resign unexpectedly owing to change of work so the Group is keen to recruit a couple of additional members, and particularly an interested resident from Eastergate or Barnham.
Anyone interested is invited to speak to the Aldingbourne clerk or the Acting Chairman, Louise Beaton, or Vice Chairman, Emma Pinder if they would like more information.