Action on interaction needed
I STOOD IN the recent Canal & River Trust Council elections as a private boaters’ representative ( I came a dismal fifth). I was mainly concerned that there has been little, or no, interaction between those reps who were elected four years ago and those who they were supposed to represent, and I wanted to change this situation.
I tried to put out my details as widely as possible both via the usual social media channels, local boaters’ meetings and canvassing on the Grand Union Canal in the London area.
During the election period I met so many amazing people; unfortunately, most knew nothing of the elections. They came from a cross selection of boaters, from the more ‘traditional’ boaters to those who are on boats as the only financially viable way of living in London. A great quote I heard was: “I always ignore any CRT emails”.
I am sure many people will criticise the way the election was handled, much of it could be a reason for the extremely poor turnout (under seven percent).