Membership

Sundridge Village Community Land Trust Limited is a company limited by guarantee and governed by the Articles of Association registered at Companies House.  These can be reviewed at this link.

The following presents a summary of the role, obligations and rights of a member of the Organisation, however please read the Articles of Association to understand your full rights. 

YOUR ROLE, OBLIGATIONS AND RIGHTS AS A MEMBER

WHO CAN BE A MEMBER?

Membership is open to individuals living in or with an interest in the Parish of Sundridge who:

(a) apply to the Community Land Trust, via this website or a paper form that can be requested; and

(b) are approved by the directors.

Membership is not transferable.

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WHAT DOES AN INTEREST IN SUNDRIDGE MEAN?

The directors have defined “an interest” in Sundridge as:

  • being a current resident in Sundridge
  • being a former resident possibly with an intention to return
  • having a family connection to Sundridge
  • owning property / business or working in Sundridge
  • Other (please specify)

Where other is selected the applicant will be asked to explain the “interest”.

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WHAT CAN I DO AS A MEMBER?

Each member can cast a single vote which:

  • elects the Directors making up the Board of Directors
  • will decide key decisions relating to the proposed scheme as presented to the full membership
  • will count at the Annual General Meeting or other special meetings called
  • will approve the Annual Accounts

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WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “KEY DECISIONS”?

Key decisions will include the approval by the full membership to submit the application to Sevenoaks District Council for:

  • outline planning permission; and
  • detailed planning permission

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WHAT DO THE DIRECTORS DO?

The Directors shall manage the business of the company and may exercise all the powers of the Sundridge Village Community Land Trust Limited.

The Directors are not paid

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HOW DO I BECOME A DIRECTOR?

If you wish to participate in the management of the CLT you can offer yourself for election, by the membership, at the AGM

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A MEMBER?

There is no cost to be a member.  The liability of a member is limited to a sum not exceeding £1, being the amount that each member undertakes to contribute to the assets of the company in the event of its being wound up while he, she or it is a member or within one year after he, she or it ceases to be a member, for:

  • payment of the company’s debts and liabilities incurred before he, she or it ceases to be a member;
  • payment of the costs, charges and expenses of winding up; and
  • adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves.

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CAN I BE REFUSED MEMBERSHIP?

 The Directors may only refuse an application for membership if, acting reasonably and properly, they consider it to be in the best interests of the company to refuse the application.

The Directors must inform the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal within twenty-one days of the decision.

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HOW CAN MY MEMBERSHIP BE TERMINATED?

Membership is terminated if:

  • the member dies or;
  • the member resigns by written notice to the SVCLT unless, after the resignation, there would be less than two members;
  • any sum due from the member to the company is not paid in full within six months of it falling due;
  • the member is removed from membership by a resolution of the Directors that it is in the best interests of the company that his or her or its membership is terminated.

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IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS AFTER READING THE ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

Further questions can be sent to info@sundridge.org

or by contacting:

Julian Parkin, Chairman Sundridge Village Community Land Trust Limited.

Julian.parkin@sundridge.org 

tel: 07518 115113

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