Company Structure and Constitution
All the electors resident in the districts of Point and Sandwick (comprising 16 villages from Sandwick in the west of the Eye Peninsula to Tiumpan Head in the east) are eligible to register as members of the Point and Sandwick Trust. There is no deposit required for membership. The members elect the governing committee at the AGM. Sandwick North St Grazings Committee, Point Community Council, and Sandwick Community Council are entitled to ex-officio representation on the Board. The current Board members are listed here.
The PST Memorandum and Articles of Association state that, “The Company’s object is to promote the social, educational, cultural and environmental wellbeing of the people of the Western Isles and in particular the residents of the areas known as Point and Sandwick… by all or any of the following means:-
(i) the promotion of community development, including rural regeneration, following principles of sustainable development, where “sustainable development” means development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs;
(ii) the provision of assistance to people who are disadvantaged by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial or other disadvantage;
(iii) the promotion of education, including all forms of training for work and life skills;
(iii) the advancement of the arts, culture and heritage, including support for the Gaelic arts and the protection of buildings and sites of architectural or historic importance;
(iv) the provision and support of recreational activities for the community, especially for disadvantaged or vulnerable groups, such as young people or the disabled;
(v) the protection and enhancement of the natural heritage and environment;
(vi) the relief of poverty in such ways as may be thought fit.”
Point and Sandwick Power is a trading company which is wholly owned by Point and Sandwick Trust. It is responsible for financing, building and operating the Beinn Ghrideag wind farm. All the net profit after the financing and running costs are deducted are gifted to the Point and Sandwick Trust for community benefit.