Troubled South Lakes group to donate assets following closure
Last updated at 16:36, Tuesday, 29 October 2013
A FORMER South Lakes rescue service, which has been shut down for the second time in two years, has repeated a pledge to donate its assets to good causes.
The latest development in the troubled history of South Lakes Search and Rescue saw the group apply to be struck off the records at Companies House in July.
This application was processed and formal voluntary dissolution granted on October 8.
But questions have been raised over the future of SLSAR’s remaining assets, including equipment and cash reserves, thought to be valued in the region of £13,000.
Peter Hornby, one of SLSAR’s directors and former Cumbria County councillor for Ulverston East, confirmed that the team’s vehicles were still being stored at the organisation’s former HQ at Saltcotes Farm, Sandside.
But he reiterated an earlier commitment to give away the cash and equipment to neighbouring rescue charities.
Mr Hornby said: “That’s still under review. We’re just making our minds up as to who we give it all to.”
He added that the group was taking the time to consider its options carefully and could not put a timescale on when the transfer would take place.
SLSAR was set up as a charity in June 2010 in response to the floods which devastated Ulverston the previous year.
But the group was struck off the Companies House register for the first time in April 2012, after failing to supply sufficient financial records.
The team subsequently lost its charitable status amid concerns about its financial management.
After an application was made, SLSAR was eventually reinstated by Companies House in September 2012. But the group never regained its charitable status.
After a two year period in which the service responded to just two incidents, the directors applied to have the company formally dissolved.
Mr Hornby said the failure of SLSAR had been due to problems with recruitment. “It was a good thing but it’s just getting members to commit to it and who could meet what our standards were,” he said.
First published at 15:58, Tuesday, 29 October 2013
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Peter. I take serious umbrage at your comments. The volunteers were second to none. We worked very hard. As the other "poster" commented it was from above us that the problems began. Issues had been raised from an early stage when lots of negative press surrounded us. The fact that we have been dissolved now twice does not instill confidence . I can say that the members that were left at the end were left despondent from the lack of support from the management. We gave up our time and they gave up on everything. I know that some of the equipment is still being used by some former members. Peter, you need to decide who gets this equipment before wear and tear and depreciation sets it. I cant understand why the rest of the committee is not stepping in and demanding this as it is not just our names that used to be on the website and facebook pages but the committees too. I and others i have spoken to find it all highly embarrassing that we should be tarred like this. I hope there comes an answer from someone that was on the committee on the re assignment of the assets so that we may finish in a better light in the public eye .
Mr Hornby, the group failed due to poor management NOT recruitment. There were plenty of willing volunteers who gave up their own time and money to be a part of SLSAR, only to turn up for poorly organised 'training'. I think you will find that it was the management that neglected to return financial records on numerous occasions.