Chat from the Chair March 2018
You may not see what follows our decisions in the street straight away, but your board is under an enormous workload to ensure we move confidently and purposefully through 2018 with various significant internal and required aspects of the review. Added to this massive undertaking is the annual budget under which Mainstreet operates and the operations contract itself is due for its two year renewal. It’s all very wordy gory, numbers numbing and technically terrifying!
The board are unpaid volunteers and key attendance is for just two hours once a month. To make those changes, to realise some aspects of the strategic review within current resources, and to put us in a firm direction for many years to come is unlike anything any previous board has had to undertake since its inception nearly 26+ years ago. It takes time to get to appreciate each person’s skillset and engagement style, and to map out the many tasks and then get it done. The board is coming to terms with the challenge, finding pathways through these tasks and, we should be 100% behind them.
During the strategic review, completed late year, it was noted that the Constitution of Mainstreet Inc has had some revisions in 2009, but should be comprehensively reviewed to ensure that it reflects the way organisations should operate now and in the future. This is one of our key cornerstones and the review process relies on the input of you to ensure that the revisions to the constitution meet your expectations and desires. Outcomes could result in changes that impact on board structure, governance and management. We will send the draft constitution with revisions to all members in due course, and invite everyone to provide their own input, both by email and in-person meetings.
It is your fellow members who are on the board. It is those members who are striving to support you at a historically crucial time. We do have time for your input, concerns and advice. The Town Centre is visually stunning, buildings sold, and new businesses regularly opening in the upper block of Guyton to Ingestre. Some exciting new streetscape additions for our town centre will soon be seen in the year ahead, with more in planning. We are finding new ways to engage with our members, and we are receiving great feedback to confirm this. If you have ideas, praise or concerns, do contact Mainstreet, or me.
Executive Chair Mainstreet Inc.