Essex Village signs
As promised Network Rail submitted their proposals for rail crossings closure across Essex on 31st March. They can be found on www.networkrail.co.uk then search for Anglia Level Crossing Proposals and click on Essex and other TWAO. These are no longer open for discuss but they will happen. The Essex Footpath Secretaries and other Group members will be writing objections where necessary to these closures. These will be submitted by Ramblers Central Office to the Secretary of State for Transport by 12th May. There is no right of appeal and only if enough evidence is provided by interested parties will a public enquiry be held. It is therefore of great value if as an individual you stated your objections.
Network Rail do not care about your walking only their cash savings. One last objection from you could keep a crossing open. PLEASE help.
The Ramblers General Council where all Area and Groups send delegates to decide the policy for the next year, took place on 1st / 2nd April in Southampton.
The new Chief Executive introduced herself and talked of the future we face and the challenges to overcome. Better communications, improved IT systems and investment in support to volunteers were priorities. So was the Campaign against Network Rail's crossing closure. Essex members hard work to raise this issue has been successful. Well done to everyone.
It was also possible, thanks to Mike Cannell's great presentation to get the positions of Regional Support Officers, contained in the motion agreed at AGM, voted through. Again Essex has made a difference.
A more detail report on the General Council will be in the next EAU.
I was asked at General Council what special things Essex had, I answered its walkers, followed by its pubs.
Happy mud free walking.
Alan Goffee - Chair Essex Ramblers