Chance for all to vote on new Low Mill proposals

Young people from Colburn Youth Project.

By Betsy Everett

Following a successful public consultation, people will have chance to vote later this month on proposals to change how Low Mill Outdoor Centre in Askrigg is governed.

The range of activities, offered to people of all ages and abilities, will remain the same, as will the ethos of the charity, set up 43 years ago by the then vicar of Askrigg, Malcolm Stonestreet: to make the beauty and challenges of the Dales available to everyone, especially young people, regardless of income or status.

If the proposal is approved, the current charitable trust will be dissolved and a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) will be set up to replace it. Although the formal name of the charity will change slightly, it will continue to be known as the Low Mill Outdoor Centre.

The meeting to vote on the proposed new structure will be held in the back room of Askrigg village hall on Tuesday, July 23, at 7.30pm, and everyone is welcome. The formal wording of the proposal is:

“The Low Mill Young Peoples Centre, charity number 504697, will be dissolved at the point when a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) has been registered with the Charity Commission. The new CIO will be established to fulfil the aims of the current charity. On the dissolution of the charity (504697) all assets will be assigned or transferred to the new CIO and the charity will be closed in line with Charity Law and Charity Commission guidance. The Trustees will finalise the date for the dissolution of the charity subject to the new CIO being registered and the transfer of assets.”

CIOs were created to provide small and medium sized charities with the benefits of being a company, such as limiting trustees’ liability for debts, without some of the burdens. Since being introduced in 2013, some 12,500 new CIOs have been registered by the Charity Commission.