Committee Functions

How the committe works and functions

The Management Committee was formed in the 1820s to care, maintain and improve the pleasure grounds for the enjoyment of all of the members of the Feu. Until 1958, when it became involved in the Randolph Crescent Roundabout Enquiry, the Committee confined itself to matters relating to the gardens. In 1998 the question arose again regarding whether the Management Committee should also act as representatives of the Feuars in objecting to the proposed road closures. It was again felt that such activity was in the best interest of the Feuars.

The dual role of the Management Committee has been revisited from time to time as new members join. The feeling has generally been that unless an issue clearly relates to the feu as a whole, the Management Committee should not take sides by lodging objections, but simply make information available to all Feuars so each was able to make their own decisions. This has been the practice ever since and has applied to planning, licensing, and particularly, traffic matters.

At the 1997 AGM Feuars agreed that a Committee member could serve for a maximum of three terms of three years, and that there should be a maximum of 11 members, including the chairperson.

In addition to the 11 members, the Management Committee can co-opt Feuars onto the committee or a sub-committee if particular expertise is required. Co-opted members should stand for election at the following AGM if they wish to continue on the committee or a sub-committee.

The rules also required that the Management Committee submit proposals for major extraordinary expenditure to a general meeting.