Thank you to everyone who attended the Trust’s third AGM on Monday 15 August 2016. It was heartening to see so many members attend on such a lovely evening. The following Member Directors that served last year were re-elected at AGM:

Eric Bateman
Paul Darling
Claire Goodwin
Duncan Scott
Frances Wright

We are also delighted to welcome 2 new member Directors, Ewan Ogilvie and Nico De Frietas.

Karen Stevenson was nominated to represent Haddington and District Amenity Society, while Haddington and District Business Association, Haddington Community Council and Knox Academy will nominate Directors following the summer recess.

The members voted under article 29 of the articles of association to change the membership subscription to zero. The reason for this change is the membership subscription is difficult to collect it is important that the membership of the Trust continues to grow. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership please let us know you want to do so by replying to this email.  If you have never been a member please download the application form here.

The AGM gave us an opportunity to update the members about various projects we have been working on. If you were not able to attend please see below for more information.

Haddington Town Centre Access Strategy

A key recommendation in the Vision for Haddington report was to develop an Access Strategy for Haddington town centre, and recently East Lothian Council, the Haddington and Lammermuir Local Area Partnership and Sustrans have been working in partnership to deliver this. The Trust have been involved as key stakeholders and have been able to influence the process to ensure a good level of community consultation took place.  Physical Improvements to the town centre cannot be realised until the issues surrounding traffic movement and parking have been resolved and the Trust are delighted this work has started. The project will set out options for managing access in the Town Centre and review specific aspects such as parking. Further funding is available to continue to develop improvements and more information will be available in the autumn.

Haddington Town Website

Following a rigorous tender process, Shaw Marketing from Edinburgh won the contract to deliver a Haddington town website.  This will be a platform from which to tell the world about all Haddington has to offer, for residents and visitors. This project includes branding the town and a marketing strategy. The Trust consulted with the membership and the general public during the branding exercise, by asking for feedback on the initial design ideas and the AGM gave a further opportunity for feedback prior to the launch of the website in September.

Alastair Bruce from Shaw Marketing said: “We were delighted to attend the Trust’s AGM and get further feedback from members on the town branding and the site itself. We have now completed almost all of the back-end work for the site and were able to show how the design and structure of the site is shaping up. We are very grateful to those members who took time to speak to us, to look over how things stand at the moment, and to give really positive thoughts on the current look and feel of the site and how it might be developed as we continue the build process. We have definitely taken these comments on board.

“We’re extremely pleased with members’ reaction and their enthusiasm for the project and thank them for their input, which was constructive and very helpful.”

Funding for Community Projects

The current Board do not have the capacity to deliver lots of projects that contribute to the key actions in the Vision for Haddington and realise that many community members would like to make a positive contribution to improve our town. The work of the four partnership organisations and others such as Blooming Haddington and MADE in East Lothian demonstrate the range of work and improvements being made in the town.  We therefore have allocated funding, to support community led projects which will deliver benefits that align with the key actions of the Vision. Applications for funding will be accepted from September and judged on meeting criteria that align with key recommendations in the Vision for Haddington.

The Application Pack will be available for download in September.

And finally!

Following a very busy and interesting year, please read the full HCDT Chair’s report AGM 2015-2016, outlining what we have done over the past year. If you have any questions, or would like to get involved with what we do, please email us at all@trusthaddington.org.uk

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