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28th Jun 2012

At an Extraordinary General Meeting of BARRC, held in the Royal Hotel on Friday 29 June, members agreed to a change to BARRC’s Articles of Association. The Ericht Trust has become a member of Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS).

The Ericht Trust will be the driving force behind the plans to regenerate the Hill Primary School site into a vibrant and self-sustaining community asset.

The Board had met with DTAS and been informed that subject to change in its constitution and the agreement of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), then it could join DTAS. Development trusts are community organisations which:

  • Are owned and managed by the local community
  • Aim to achieve the sustainable regeneration of a community or address a range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues within a community
  • Are independent but seek to work in partnership with other private, public and third sector organisations
  • Aim to reduce dependency on grant support by generating income through enterprise and the ownership of assets. All trading surpluses are principally reinvested in the organisation or the community.

In relation to the Hill Primary School site project, as a development trust The Ericht Trust will be locally accountable with greater flexibility to manage the project. It will help achieve funding and use current legislation to achieve a feasible and sustainable community outcome for this iconic site in Blairgowrie.

The Trustees of the Ericht Trust understand the scale of this project and the importance of meaningful consultation and engagement with members, the community and all other stakeholders. It can only succeed with the support of the Community and by The Ericht Trust satisfying the community, Perth & Kinross Council and, if necessary, the Scottish Government that our project is both viable and sustainable.

If you want to help, you can contact The Ericht Trust through the ‘One Voice Office’ at 11 Upper Mill Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AG.