Essex Village signs
Of the 69 original closures, 8 were withdrawn, 26 were either for private usage, replaced by bridges or the replacement arrangements were of benefit to the community, leaving 35 of which objections were made.
This has been a huge amount of work, not helped by the method used by NWR to record the work proposed. I would like to thank everyone involved with this and suggest you give yourselves a pat on the back.
I would wish to single out Gordon Bird, our vice Chair, pulling everything together at the end, and Eugene Suggett and his team at Central Office for taking over the onerous task of completing all our submissions.
It is a job well done.
Network Rail do not care about your walking only their cash savings. One last objection from you could keep a crossing open.
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