Hythe Town Council is sole corporate trustee for four charities, while councillors also sit as individual trustees on several other local charities. The charities are independent corporations in their own right. After scrutiny by the council sitting as trustee, their annual accounts are checked by an independent examiner and then submitted to the charity commission.
The council takes its responsibilities very seriously. It administers the various charities through special trustee’s meetings which are held at least four times a year, normally immediately after meetings of the full council.
Davis Oaklands Charitable Gift is the owner of the Oaklands building used for council offices and the museum, and also owns about a third of Oaklands Park. The charity is reviewing the layout of Oaklands to see if it feasible to extend and improve the museum and to provide better disabled access to the council offices. It took on a new curator, joined the ‘Wheels of Time’ organisation of Kent museums and has started to generate publicity to attract more visitors. You can read more about the museum here.
Horn Street Recreation Ground is much loved by residents in Seabrook as an area of open space (and in winter, children of all ages use it for tobogganing).
Burmarsh Road Playing Field caters for people living toward the western boundary of the town. It has woods, open space and play equipment and is well used by local children. In 2018, using a grant from the district council, Hythe Town Council arranged for new play equipment on Burmarsh Road Playing Field land.
Eaton Lands is an area of beautiful parkland to the north of Hythe. As well as normal maintenance activities, this glorious open space hosts two thriving sets of allotments. It supports a new community orchard, wildflower meadow and hosts an innovative project to re-introduce short haired bumble bees.
Providing small grants to persons in need who are resident in Hythe, this charity has its own board or trustees. The council is not sole corporate trustee of this charity, but its articles require that a number of councillors sit as trustees. The charity currently has five serving councillors sitting as trustees.