In April 2009 they tabled a detailed paper for attendees laying out a huge range of proposed new policies towards moorings management generally.
What does it say? Well I saw this in my capacity as a NABO officer so I can't tell you! And don't bother looking again at the BW link above either because at the time of writing, nearly three months later, notes of the meeting are not yet posted.
(So much to your past promises to post them promptly, BW!)
Why can't I tell you what its all about? In practice BW has this curious way of consulting. They ask us, the user groups to comment, (I'm a Council Member of NABO), but in this case (as in some others in the past) on a strict understanding that the discussion is embargoed to Council members.
BW seem to feel that you dear Joe and Jenny public might misunderstand or overreact if we told you what they were thinking, (let alone ask you what you think!)
You might get so incensed that you state your opposition or objections in public or in the media before BW are fully ready to ignore them - This would never do!
The implicit threat is that if user group officers do not co-operate with this embargo protocol we will be excluded from pre-consultation discussions in future.
This of course begs the question, that if officers of a membership based organisation are not supposed to ask its members what they think before they make representations on those members behalf, how are we supposed to say with confidence what our members really think? Answers gratefully received!
Consequently I am not at this time 'allowed' to discuss in detail with you BW’s latest proposals for tackling:
- overall lack of availability of moorings,
- continuous cruising,
- long term residential moorings policy, and
- policy towards unauthorised residential boaters.