Constitution

Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA) Constitution  (unincorporated association)

  1. Name

The name of the group shall be Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA)

  1. Aims

Introduction

In March 2019 Leeds City Council declared a climate emergency, seeking to make the city carbon neutral by 2030. However greenhouse gas emissions from flights at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) make it impossible to reach that target, even at the 2020 level of 4 million passengers per year. However, the owners of LBA have stated their intention to submit a planning application to build a new passenger terminal and extend flying times by 90 minutes per day. This would allow noisy take-offs and landings an hour earlier (from 6am) and half later (until 11:30pm).

These changes would enable LBA to almost double its number of passengers – to 7.1 million by 2030 and to 9 million by 2050. The increased emissions would use up Leeds’ entire carbon budget by 2026. As Leeds City Council accepts, aviation expansion is incompatible with achieving zero carbon. Expansion would also have a major impact on local transport infrastructure, air quality and bio-diversity. LBA expansion is unnecessary and unsustainable. GALBA is an association of people seeking to prevent the expansion from going ahead and, in the longer term, reduce the negative impacts of LBA.

The aims of GALBA are:

To achieve at LBA a reduction in:

  1. Carbon dioxide and other polluting emissions from both land and flight based sources/operations, in line with the city’s Declaration of Climate Emergency and associated
  2. Carbon Reduction Roadmap
  3. Road congestion
  4. Air pollution
  5. Noise levels
  6. To oppose any development at LBA, or surface access development, that would result in: The loss of Green Belt  or A reduction in bio-diversity
  7. To oppose any LBA planning application to build a new terminal and extend flying hours that would enable an expansion of the airport unless that: takes place after aviation ceases to emit greenhouse gases; does not create unacceptable noise levels for local residents; does not damage air quality;
    does not cause an unacceptable increase in vehicles driving to LBA
  8. To bring together people from West and North Yorkshire to achieve the above aims
  1. Membership

Membership is open to anyone who lives in West or North Yorkshire and supports the aims of GALBA.

Membership will begin after an application has been approved by at least 3 committee officers.

A list of all members will be kept securely by the membership secretary.

Honorary members, who support the aims but do not live in West or North Yorkshire, may be accepted at the discretion of the Committee.

3.1 Ceasing to be a member

Members may resign at any time in writing to the secretary.

Any offensive behaviour, including racist, sexist or inflammatory remarks, will not be permitted. Anyone behaving in an offensive way or breaking the equal opportunities policy may be asked not to attend further meetings or to resign from the group if a genuine apology is not given or the behaviour is repeated. The individual concerned shall have the right to be heard by the management committee, accompanied by a friend, before a final decision is made.

  1. Equal Opportunities

GALBA will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexuality, disability, religious or political belief, marital status or age.

  1. Officers and committee

The business of the group will be carried out by a Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee will meet as necessary and not less than four times a year.

The Committee will consist of 6 members, and be composed of 4 officers and 2 Committee members. Up to 6 additional members may be co-opted onto the Committee at the discretion of the Committee.

The officers’ roles are as follows:

  • Chair, who shall chair both general and Committee meetings
  • Secretary, who shall be responsible for the taking of minutes and the distribution of all papers
  • Treasurer, who shall be responsible for maintaining accounts
  • Membership Secretary, who shall be responsible for keeping a record of members

In the event of an officer standing down during the year a replacement will be elected by the next General Meeting of members – temporary officers may be co-opted by the Committee between General Meetings if necessary.

Any Committee member not attending two meetings without apology will be contacted by the Committee and asked if they wish to resign.

The Committee meetings will be open to any member of GALBA wishing to attend, who may speak but not vote. Members who wish to attend Committee meetings should contact an officer to check the date, time and location of Committee meetings.

  1. Meetings

6.1. Annual General Meetings

An Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held within fifteen months of the previous AGM.

All members will be notified in writing at least 3 weeks before the date of the meeting, giving the venue, date and time.

Nominations for the committee may be made to the Secretary before the meeting, or at the meeting.

The quorum for the AGM will be 10% of the membership or 10 members, whichever is the lesser number.

At the AGM:

  • The Chair will present a report of the work of GALBA over the year.
  • The Treasurer will present the accounts of GALBA for the previous year.
  • The Membership Secretary will present a report
  • The officers and Committee for the next year will be elected.

Any proposals given to the Secretary at least 7 days in advance of the meeting will be discussed.

6.2 Special General Meetings

The Secretary will call a Special General Meeting at the request of the majority of the Committee or at least 8 other members giving a written request to the Chair or Secretary stating the reason for their request.

The meeting will take place within 21 days of the request.

All members will be given 1 week notice of such a meeting, giving the venue, date, time and agenda, and notice may be by telephone, email or post.

The quorum for the Special General Meeting will be 10% of the membership or 10 members, whichever is the lesser number.

6.3 General Meetings

General Meetings are open to all members and will be held at least once every 4 months or more often if necessary.

All members will be given one weeks’ notice of such a meeting, giving the venue, date, time and agenda, and notice may be by telephone, email or post.

The quorum for a General Meeting shall be 10% of the membership or 5 members, whichever is the lesser number.

6.4 Committee Meetings

Committee meetings may be called by the Chair or Secretary. Committee members must receive notice of meetings at least 7 days before the meeting.

The quorum for Committee meetings is 3 Committee members.

  1. Rules of Procedure for meetings

All questions that arise at any meeting will be discussed openly and the meeting will seek to find general agreement that everyone present can agree to.

If a consensus cannot be reached a vote will be taken and a decision will be made by a simple majority of members present. If the number of votes cast on each side is equal, the chair of the meeting shall have an additional casting vote.

  1. Finances

An account will be maintained on behalf of the Association at a bank agreed by the committee. Four cheque signatories will be nominated by the Committee (one to be the Treasurer). The signatories must not be related nor members of the same household.

All payments will be signed by two of the signatories:

  • For cheque payments, the signatories will sign the cheque.
  • For other payments (such as BACS payments, online transfers, cash withdrawals, debit card payments or cash payments), a requisition note will be signed by two signatories, and held by the treasurer.

Records of income and expenditure will be maintained by the Treasurer and a financial statement given at each meeting.

All money raised by or on behalf of GALBA is only to be used to further the aims of the group, as specified in item 2 of this constitution.

  1. Amendments to the Constitution

Amendments to the constitution may only be made at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting.

Any proposal to amend the constitution must be given to the Secretary in writing 2 weeks before the date of the AGM. The proposal must then be circulated with the notice of meeting.

Any proposal to amend the constitution will require a two thirds majority of those present and entitled to vote.

  1. Dissolution

If a meeting, by simple majority, decides that it is necessary to close down the group it may call a Special General Meeting to do so. The sole business of this meeting will be to dissolve the group.

If it is agreed to dissolve the group, all remaining money and other assets, once outstanding debts have been paid, will be donated to a local charitable organisation. The organisation will be agreed at the meeting which agrees the dissolution.

This constitution was agreed at the Inaugural General Meeting of GALBA:

Date: 16 April 2020

Leeds Bradford Airport is big enough already