morsey wrote:I'm not so sure that is a true reflection of that situation, the course was developed by experts and the course was always going to be good after the work was carried out, I don't think it needed or had any alterations from the plans
There were actually pretty major alterations from the plans. You're right: the main issue was lack of communication. But after forcing a conversation with playboaters/rec paddlers/rafters etc, there were some pretty major changes to keep the course multi-purpose. If it had gone through as per the original plans, it would have been a pale imitation of the facility as it is now.
whosthedaddy wrote:I am reminded of the campaign to influence the re-development of HPP. There was a huge response, with the result that the course was kept deep and many of the features retained and enhanced.
That was a concerted and planned campaign - it didn't just happen. It took me and the others quite a lot of time - effectively I had 2-3 weeks without really working while I got things together. The goal was simple - to get enough respondents to pledge their support with their full name, email address and BCU number.
With this info, we had a sword of Damocles hanging over the redevelopment: a mailing list we could use to rapidly call a Canoe England EGM (extraordinary general meeting). Canoe England will do anything they possibly can to avoid an EGM as it's a massively time-consuming and expensive exercise. There have been quite a few issues which have had potential to force an EGM, but it's always been headed off beforehand by the promise of support and/or compromise. Would now be a good time to actually push a meeting through with clear and defined goals? Possibly. And social media makes it easier than ever before to get the quorum needed to call the meeting.
It doesn't just happen, though. Someone needs to take on the project with full commitment to push it through. They need to have the nous to constructively deal with the negotiations and machinations that will inevitably ensue. It's politics, and you need to be able to play that game. But it's a far, far more efficient way of going about things than rumbling on about setting up an alternative governing body without ever doing it.
Also, e-petition = waste of time.