The Applecross Trust has issued a Media Release at 1523hrs today 13 November 2012 (copied below)
The Trust has refused all applications for membership.
We fail to see how opening up the membership of this charity would not “have delivered any benefit to the peninsula, particularly in light of the fact that so many of the applications for membership had no connections with the peninsula whatsoever.”
The existing six members of the Trust (including Charles Peregrine Albermarle Bertie who is now 80 yrs old and must retire as a Director) live in Berkshire, Edinburgh, Inverness, Newcastleton, Reading and Hampshire! Their only connection with the peninsula is that they own it.
Moreover, the claim that “More importantly, the local community – whom we consulted – share this view” is interesting. What form did that consultation take? Was everyone in the community consulted? Does this alleged consultation have any relation to the flawed and misleading petition mentioned in a previous post?
APPLECROSS TRUST TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE
(Issued on behalf of The Applecross Trust)
The Applecross Trust announced today it is to develop the Applecross Landscape Partnership Scheme (ALPS) which is regarded as a highly successful and productive community engagement initiative.
ALPS will be reviewed and developed for the future when it completes its current programme of projects and will involve a wide range of community organisations and representatives from the Applecross peninsula.
The ALPS scheme (www.visit-applecross.org) aims to conserve and promote the cultural and natural heritage of one of Scotland’s most scenic areas. It involves seven separate community-based organisations and has been successful in delivering more than 40 local projects.
Archie MacLellan, Administrator of The Applecross Trust, said: “The Trust is proud of its success in promoting community engagement for many years but it agrees with the community that there is always scope for innovation and moving forward.
“We will therefore strive to strengthen the various partnership groups so as to take new ideas forward in tandem with them on an ongoing basis, in particular through the development of the Applecross Landscape Partnership Scheme. The message we have received from the local community is that the overwhelming majority of local people support the Trust and its work and believe this is the best way forward.
“Recently, we have witnessed the Land Action Scotland campaign which ostensibly wanted to improve local accountability. In reality, it is a politically motivated campaign to gain control of The Applecross Trust. The Trust does not think this would have delivered any benefit to the peninsula, particularly in view of the fact that so many of the applications for membership had no connections with the peninsula whatsoever. More importantly, the local community – whom we consulted – share this view. We have had many messages of support from the community who have made it clear that this campaign has been unwelcome.
“The Trust has respectfully refused the applications and looks forward to continue working with the local community, as we have always done, to deliver enduring and meaningful public benefit to Applecross which is the core objective of this Trust.”
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