No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Friday, 9 March 2012

It's Over

Friday 9th March 2012.

Well it's over, the election for the 4 boater places on the new Canal and River Trust council that is.

Who ever the 4 successful candidates are we would like to say well done, it was encouraging to see 33 people stand in the election and as each one needed 10 seconders that means at least 363 people knew what was going on, talking to moorer's around the Marina I was surprised by how many hadn't a clue, out of all the boaters I spoke to only one seemed to have a grasp of what was happening, some had not even received the information pack outlining things which went out at the beginning of December so were even more confused when the voting pack arrived.

What ever happens I would like to see the Canal and River Trust become a membership organisation but that's not likely as the vast majority of members would be boaters and the butterfly chasers wouldn't like that.

Individuals will have struggled against the candidates from large organisations.

It will be interesting to find out what percentage of licence holders voted, the higher the turn out the more clout the boaters representatives will have on the Council.

Apologies to none boaters who look at this blog and see all this anorak talk, back to pictures of boats and ducks next time.


bert the gnome said...

Being a 'non' boater, I still find it interesting and have been following the election build up closely as I will be voting next year
when we have our own boat. The discussions on CWDF have been worth reading, as were the mini statements by all the candidates as they give some insight into the people standing. Just got to wait and see what happens .....

No Direction said...

Hi Bert. I think the vote this time was a one off, as far as I know to change a member 75% of the 35 Council members must aggree to get rid. Good luck with the boat.