Constitution

Darlington Cycling Campaign's Constitution was first adopted in 2005.

1. Name
The name of the group shall be Darlington Cycling Campaign, hereinafter referred to as the Group.

2. Aims and Objectives

The Group will:

1. Campaign for a fairer, safer share of road space for cyclists in Darlington
2. Campaign for the priority of cyclists and pedestrians over cars in a range of road situations
3. Campaign to reduce car use in Darlington
4. Encourage less car and more cycle/pedestrian travel to and from schools
5. Combat the high status given to the car in modern British culture
6. Campaign for a stronger cycle element in all new major building developments in Darlington
7. Campaign to encourage local employers to give more priority to sustainable transport in their employment policies
8. Campaign for changes in national road and tax laws that will support and encourage the use of sustainable transport
9. Work with other groups and organisations that share our desire to move the town towards a more sustainable local transport policy

Though non-political, the Group will support political policies that it recognises as enabling a more sustainable local transport policy.

3. Equal Opportunities
The Group shall operate equal opportunities policies and practices in all of its activities. It shall ensure that it does not discriminate on grounds of race, political party, gender, sexuality or any other matter which may cause any person to be treated unfairly.

4. Membership
Membership is open to anyone who supports the aims of the group. All applications for membership shall be agreed by the Committee. All members shall have the right to attend and vote in the Annual General Meeting.

5. Management Committee
a) A Management Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Group and shall serve for twelve months.
b) The Management Committee shall consist of at least 3 members and shall include: a Chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
c) The Management Committee shall from time to time invite/co-opt such additional non-voting members as it deems necessary.
d) Meetings of the Management Committee shall be open to any member of the Group who wishes to attend.

6. Sub-Committees
The Committee shall have the power to appoint such sub committees as it may from time to time determine. Such Sub-Committees findings shall be advisory only to the Management Committee.

7. Annual General Meeting
a) An Annual General Meeting shall take place each year.
b) The Secretary shall give fourteen days notice of an Annual General Meeting.
c) The Annual General Meeting shall be publicised amongst the membership.
d) The Annual General Meeting Shall:
*receive an annual report from the committee
*receive a financial statement from the Treasurer
*elect officers and committee
*consider amendments to this constitution
*consider any motions from attending members

8. Quorum
There must be at least three of the members present for decisions to be made at Management Committee and Annual General Meetings. Matters may be discussed if a quorum is not reached but these matters may not be voted on nor any policy decision made.

9. Voting
a) All questions arising at any meetings shall be decided by a simple majority of those present and voting, except for amendments to the constitution which must be carried by a two-thirds majority of those present at an Annual General Meeting.
b) In the case of equal votes being cast, the Chairperson shall have the casting vote.

10. Finances
a) All funds raised by the Group shall be used to further the aims and objectives of the Group and for no other purpose.
b) The Treasurer shall keep proper accounts and open a bank account in the name of the Group.
c) Three members of the Committee shall be signatories on the account. One of these three shall be the Treasurer. Withdrawals of cash or cheques shall require two of these signatories.
d) Accounts shall be kept by the Treasurer and up to date reports shall be brought to every committee and Annual General Meeting.
e) No officer shall sign a blank cheque – all cheques to be filled in before signatures are added.
f) Once a year, the accounts will be examined by two members of the Group who are not officers, and presented to the Annual General Meeting of the Group.

11. Amendments to the Constitution
a) This constitution shall only be amended at an Annual General Meeting of the Group.
b) Details of any proposed amendment must be submitted in writing to the Secretary at least fourteen days before the meeting at which the amendment will be considered.

12. Dissolution
a) A decision to dissolve the Group shall only occur at an Annual General Meeting.
b) A request to call a meeting for this purpose should be given to the Secretary in writing and be signed by at least three members.
c) The Secretary shall give fourteen days notice of this meeting, stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed.
d) This meeting shall be shall be publicised amongst the membership.
e) The resolution shall be carried if there is a two thirds majority of those present in favour, or if a quorum is not reached.
f) The committee shall have the power to dispose of any assets remaining after the satisfaction of the proper debts and liabilities of the Group. These shall be applied towards such charitable purposes for the benefits of the inhabitants of the area as the Annual General Meeting shall decide.