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Inverness Harbour Revision (Constitution) Order 2002

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CONSTITUTION

Constitution of Trust

3.—(1) On and after the new constitution date the Trust shall consist of eleven members all of whom shall be appointed by the Trustees. These shall be:–

(a)ten Trustees appointed by the Trustees of The Harbour of Inverness; and

(b)the senior salaried official of the Trust as long as he remains in the employment of the Trustees.

(2) Each Trustee appointed under paragraph (1)(a) shall be a person who appears to have a special knowledge, experience or ability appropriate to the efficient and economic discharge by the Trust of their function including in particular (but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) special knowledge, experience or ability in one or more of the following matters:–

(a)management of harbours;

(b)shipping or other forms of transport;

(c)financial management;

(d)safety or personnel management;

(e)commercial marketing or information technology;

(f)environmental matters affecting harbours; and

(g)any other skills and abilities considered from time to time by the Trustees to be relevant to the discharge by them of their functions,

and the Trustees shall secure, so far as reasonably practicable, that the Trustees appointed will, between them, have special knowledge experience and ability in a broad and complementary range of matters relevant to the efficient and economic discharge by them of their functions.

(3) In making any appointment under paragraph (1)(a) above the Trustees shall act in accordance with any guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers from time to time with respect to the exercise of such functions.

Rights of Highland Council regarding appointments

4.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 3 The Highland Council shall be invited to have considered for appointment up to five candidates all of whom shall conform to the requirements of Article 3(2) and Article 3(3) above.

Appointment and terms of office of first members

5.—(1) The first appointments under article 3(1) above shall be made before 1st February 2003 and of the Trustees so appointed–

(a)three shall hold office from the new constitution date until 1st February 2004;

(b)three shall hold office from the new constitution date until 1st February 2005;

(c)four shall hold office from the new constitution date until 1st February 2006;

as the Trustees shall specify when the appointments are made.

(2) Provided that such person satisfies the requirements set out in Article 3(2), the Trustees shall appoint the person who is, at the date when they make the first appointments under paragraph (1) above the chairman of the Trust to be one of the first such appointed members and he shall hold office as a member from the new constitution date until 1st February 2006, and on or after the new constitution date shall be the Chairman of the Trust.

Terms of office of subsequent members

6.  A member appointed under article 3(1)(a) (other than a member appointed under article 5 above) shall, unless appointed to fill a casual vacancy and subject to the provisions of this Order, hold office for the period of three years from 1st February next following his appointment.

Declaration to be made by members

7.  No person shall be capable of acting as a member until he has made the declaration set out in Schedule 1 to this Order; and a person shall cease to be a member if he fails to make that declaration within (three) months of the date of his appointment.

Casual Vacancies

8.—(1) A casual vacancy arising in the office of a member appointed by the Trustees shall, where reasonably practicable, be filled by the appointment of a member in accordance with article 3 above:–

(2) A member appointed to fill a casual vacancy under this article shall hold office (unless he previously dies or otherwise ceases to be a member) during the remainder of the term for which the member whom he replaces was appointed.

Disqualification of members

9.  If the Trustees are satisfied that a member:–

(a)has without permission of the Trustees been absent from meetings of the Trust

(i)for a period during which three such meeting have been held; or

(ii)for a period of three consecutive months;

whichever of these periods is the longer; or

(b)has had an award of sequestration made against his estate; or

(c)is incapacitated by physical or mental illness from discharging the functions of a member; or

(d)is otherwise unable, unwilling or unfit to discharge the functions of a member;

the Trustees may declare his office as a member to be vacant and thereupon his office shall become vacant.

Indemnity Insurance for Trustees

10.  The Trustees may enter into, and pay premiums for, a contract of insurance to indemnify the members jointly or severally against personal liability arising from any act or omission of the members or of any of them, not being an act or omission which the member or members in question knew to be a breach of his or their duty or, concerning which, he or they were reckless as to whether it was such a breach.

Incidental provisions relating to the Trust

11.  On and after the new constitution date the provisions of Schedule 3 to this Order shall have effect with respect to the administrative arrangements and proceedings of the Trustees in addition to those provisions of the Inverness Harbour Acts and Orders 1808 to 1997 which are in force at the date when this Order comes into force and are not repealed by this Order.

Borrowing Powers

12.—(1) The Trustees may from time to time borrow upon the security of their assets for the time being or of their revenues or both their assets and revenues, by any methods they see fit such sums of money as they think necessary.

(2) Moneys borrowed by the Trustees under this article shall be applied only to purposes to which capital money is properly applicable.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2) above, but without prejudice to the generality of that paragraph, purposes to which capital money is properly applicable shall be deemed to be include:–

(a)the payment of any interest, falling due within five years immediately following the date of borrowing, on any sum of money borrowed by the Trustees under this article; and

(b)the repayment, within twelve months from the date of borrowing of any sum for the time being outstanding by way of principal on any amount previously borrowed.

Application of provisions of Order of 1911

13.  The following provisions of the order of 1911 shall extend and apply to the exercise of the powers of this order as if the same were with all necessary modifications expressly re-enacted in this order, namely:–

Section 96(Corporation may guarantee loan)
Section 97(Corporation may guarantee instalments etc. on security of guarantee rate);
Section 98(Payment of corporation under the guarantee to be made on requisition by the Trustees);
Section 99(Harbour Guarantee rate);
Section 100(Assessment and levying rate);
Section 101(Payments by corporation to be a debt owing by Trustees)

Provided that:–

(a)in the application of the said sections, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100 and 101 for references to “the corporation” there shall be substituted references to “the Highland Council”;

(b)in the application of the said section 96 in place of words “Act of 1899” there shall be inserted the words “section 154 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973”(a); and

(c)in the application of the said section 100–

(i)in place of the word “Burgh” where first occurring there shall be substituted the words “Inverness City and Area of the Highland Council”;

(ii)the words “according to the Valuation Role in force therein for the time being” shall be omitted; and

(iii)in place of the words “Burgh Police (Scotland) Acts 1892 to 1903” and the words “Burgh Police Acts” there shall be inserted the words “Local Government Finance Act 1992”(1).

Audit and publication of annual statement of accounts

14.  The Trustees shall have their accounts audited by a firm of registered auditors who shall present audited accounts to members within six months of the end of the financial year and as soon as reasonably practicable after their annual statement of accounts is audited the Trustees shall make available a copy of the statement for a period of twelve months at the offices of the Trustees for inspection free of charge by members of the public and shall, subject to the payment of a reasonable charge, supply a copy of the statement to any person who requests to be supplied with a copy.

Revocations

15.  On the new constitution date the enactments mentioned in the first and second columns of schedule 3 to this Order shall be revoked to the extent specified.

(1)

Local Government Finance Act 1992 (c. 14).

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