WSRA+ offer some comment on the Resolutions.

1 “Members have no confidence that the WSRA is being appropriately managed by the present Trustees.”

We feel the scope of this resolution is too wide as it suggests the members have no confidence in all of the current Trustees. We know there are some excellent Trustees on the WSRA Board who need to given the chance to properly participate. Quite often the result of a vote of no confidence is a mass resignation of Trustees [edit: a correspondent has pointed out in the case of the WSRA, Trustees are not permitted to resign if it would mean less than the minimum number of six Trustees so a “mass resignation” is not possible. However, given the membership have no confidence in them, Trustees might simply stop their work…] and that is the last thing our Association needs. Members will need to consider the possible result following the vote on this resolution.

2 “The Trustees shall cause to be conducted a review of the purpose, objects, structure and activities of the WSRA, intended to return the WSRA to its core role as supporting the West Somerset Railway as a whole. The review shall be chaired by a person independent of the WSRA or any group on the Railway but the review team shall include WSRA Trustees, representatives of the WSRA Reform Group, WSR plc, and the WSSRT, and may include representatives of other groups on the Railway as the review chairman shall decide. The will be an opportunity for all interested parties to contribute to the review. The review report shall be completed within 6 months of this resolution being passed and shall be presented in its entirety to the WSRA membership on completion. The trustees shall then bring forward proposals to the WSRA membership to implement the review recommendations no later than the Annual General Meeting following the publication of the review report.” We agree the WSRA needs a “review of the purpose, objects, structure and activities of the WSRA”. However, we see it as adding to the WSRA’s existing core role of supporting the West Somerset Railway as a whole. Despite the criticism, the WSRA remains a major contributor in our view. That said, there could and should be some significant changes that will enhance that contribution. Achieving that aim depends so much on the other WSR organisations and their expectations of the WSRA, and we sincerely hope such a review be a key vehicle towards improving relationships, understandings and agreements within the WSR family. The review team should not, however, include representatives of the Reform Group. The resolution looks like a method for “parachuting” members of the Reform Group – which is not a recognised member of the WSR family –  into key roles within our Association. That said, we would have no objection if those same people are selected by the review team chairman as we know the Reform Group includes individuals with appropriate skills to join the review team and likely to make a good contribution to the work of the team. But not simply through being part of the Reform Group. Furthermore, the review team should consist only of WSRA members. It is a WSRA review. Not a pan-WSR review. So no place for WSR Plc or the Steam Trust (WSSRT) – those fine organisations would undoubtedly provide a huge contribution to the review as senior consultees, perhaps along with others in the WSR family. To repeat, it would be a WSRA review with decisions made by the review team members who would all represent the WSRA and no other party. Members need to consider these matters before voting on this resolution.

3 “David Williams shall be removed as a Director and Trustee of the WSRA with effect from the end of the General Meeting, as one of the persons closely associated with the recent policies, actions and approach of the Trustees.”

4 “Peter Chidzey shall be removed as a Director and Trustee of the WSRA with effect from the end of the General Meeting, as one of the persons closely associated with the recent policies, actions and approach of the Trustees.”

5 “Michael Nicholls (a.k.a. Nick) Nicholls shall be removed as a Director and Trustee of the WSRA with effect from the end of the General Meeting, as one of the persons closely associated with the recent policies, actions and approach of the Trustees.”

We believe the only way members can decide on the last three resolutions is by reviewing the statements by the WSRA Chairman and by the Reform Group. We have tried to offer some comment through this blog, intended only to suggest a few matters for members to question during their considerations.

The final decision on each resolution is down to each member. We strongly urge members to make their own decision and to vote at the meeting or vote using the Proxy Form. If using the latter, it is essential the member selects a trusted proxy who will be attending the meeting and most importantly the member instructs the proxy to vote according to members voting decisions on the proxy form. In other words – make sure you place a tick (or cross) in the appropriate box (For, Against, Abstain) against each of the five resolutions.

Use your vote wisely!

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