Company seeks trustees for its move to charity

Longridge Civic Hall
Longridge Civic Hall

Plans to turn the Longridge Social Enterprise Company into a charity moved a step closer to reality this week.

Town councillors agreed to endorse the company’s change to a CIO – Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

This means the company – which spearheaded the transformation of the former station into a community asset – will cease.

The CIO will then take over responsibility for the Old Station and Civic Hall.

Councillors also agreed to support the promotion of the intiative to the Longridge community and the borough council.

In a statement following its meeting mapping out the move, the town council explained: “We encourage anyone with an interest in contributing to this important development to get in touch with the working group at the Old Station.”

Councillors have received regular reports from LSEC directors for many months, as the company, through the working group, explored options for its future.

At last week’s meeting, councillors acknowledged that establishing a CIO had a number of advantages, such as widening the field of potential sources of funding, greater accountability and transparency, and also encouraging participation by new people bringing a range of skills and experience as trustees.

They had recognised from the outset when the borough pulled out of the Civic Hall over eight years ago, that such an important community facility should not be lost from the town.

At that time, they had supported the idea of a newly created social enterprise company negotiating with the borough to become responsible for the Civic Hall, and later, the Old Station.