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It has been suggested in the past that the members of the Broads Authority should be elected, rather than appointed, and so be more accountable. I have been puzzled by the question of who would be eligible to vote if such an election took place.

I live in a village which has three staithes that come under the influence of the BA, but my local authorities are the Parish Council, North Norfolk District Council and Norfolk County Council, to whom I make a financial contribution via my council tax. To pay that tax is a legal obligation, but I can choose whether or not to keep a boat on the navigation, and thereby contribute to the BA funds via the boat toll.

For BA elections, would my local residential qualification (and inclusion in the electoral roll) suffice? What about people who run boat-related businesses in the area and who are directly affected by BA decisions? Would they be eligible, even though they may live outside the area? What about individuals who rent/own moorings in the BA area, but who live in far-flung parts of the country (or even abroad)? What about anglers? Birdwatchers? People with riverside properties? The list goes on.

How should voting rights be awarded?


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Anglers should be able to vote for an angler of their choice.
Riparian owners should be able to vote for a riparian owner of their choice.
By now I suspect that an obvious system is emerging, hardly rocket science.

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Not quite so obvious. How would you define 'an angler'? would he/she have to live in a defined area? Angle for not less than a given number of days a year? Be member of a specified local club? Or would a holiday-maker who fishes for one week every year qualify?

Riparian owner - any residential qualifications necessary? etc., etc.

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Definitions, areas and eligabilities can all be worked out. The concept is sound and should be encouraged.
Anyone who directly pays the BA should be included in this "Voice",
Who votes and with what weight, well that would need to be sorted out but don't decry the theory

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IMHO the whole concept is a recipe for a disaster.
The bickering would start just deciding on who gets a vote.
Can you imagine an angler, a conservationist, boater and a holiday business owner even agreeing on whether to have tea or coffee let alone rights over a particular piece of water.
For example just look at the way some anglers have been trying to get exclusive rights to Hickling and the upper Thurne in general. No boater or business owner would ever accept that.
The meetings would turn into slanging matches and nothing would be achieved.
The present system has some issues and flaws for sure but at least the BA should not be in any groups pocket and can offer some overall judgement.
The fact all but one of the interests seem to constantly criticise the BA suggests that they may have some degree of balance, elected or not.

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"Anyone who directly pays the BA should be included in this "Voice"  "

But would that not rule out land-based anglers, riparian owners and any Broads user who doesn't pay a boat toll?

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Not if we use the word "included" in it's most usual sense. Smile

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Methinks that someone is angling for an argument!

Where there is a will there is a way but it won't happen with the present incumbent of the CEO's office. Quite simply he would loose control. There would be people on committees that haven't been realigned, people with minds of their own, people who are not helpful to the pre-ordained cause, people that are not chosen and approved, people that have not been and refuse to be indoctrinated, people who do know something about the ways of the Broads. Yes, a total disaster, for the approved thought police!

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Always ready to oblige!

Jenny Morgan,
A vane, a boat, but not a
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If ignorance is bliss, then
why aren't there more happy
people about?

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