Ac­tion on in­ter­ac­tion needed

Canal Boat - - Letters - ROGER STOCKER,

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).

nb Salar

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