Bicycler wrote:FWIW, having sounded off at great length about this topic, I agree with John, Mick and Gaz that - whatever the result of the poll may be (and I can really only see it going one way) - we need to continue to support the CTC in what it does. This is because what it does is more important than what it is called. The vocal criticism has been justified but there comes a time when pragmatism needs to take over. We cannot remain perpetually in opposition.
Even I can see your point, but IMHO the new modal of operation is flawed.
The failure / inability of CTC HQ to implement policy agree by council that concerning the development of the ctc right to ride network is typical of how the senior staff at CTC HQ views the council, an irrelevant.
The idea was developing our own councillors from the grassroots.
It permitted the development of individuals on areas of policy review, communication and marketing that that may have led to their election to ctc council.
The new modal will either mean over time the new council will become London/South East England centric or the councillors will have little or no contact with members.
CTC HQ say there will be alternative means of communication with members, I assume just like the YHA or Sustrans, it will be of little value.
In the short term the only solution is to vote against motion 5 (five).
Or the medium term CTC will fail. What do I mean by fail?
Continual reduction in membership
More member groups will convert to affiliate groups
Age profile will continual even older
Reduction in income
The need to make compromised with HMG/NGO in order to receive contract /grants
Lack of income from contracts/grants
Loss of influence with the government/local authorities
Reduction in public awareness of the CUK
Reduction in volunteers at local level
Fail to attract any new blood on to council that is significantly better than the existing council
CEO become even more forceful towards council
CTC Council will become a laughing stock