AGM report

Thank you to everyone who came to our inaugural AGM on 11th December 2023.

The following were elected to the committee, who will lead the campaign over the coming year:

  • Ralph Ecclestone – Chair
  • Phil Rodgers – Secretary
  • Hilary Jackson – Membership Secretary
  • Chris Howell – Treasurer
  • Martin Lucas-Smith – General committee member
  • Antony Carpen – General committee member

The constitution was approved.

Antony helpfully gave us various details of the history of relevant local government changes and proposals, including the 1990s proposals. There have obviously been many changes since then.

Members discussed various issues that will arise as we try to spread the word about our campaign and aim to get decision-makers on board.

The new committee now has a large set of potential actions. These will no doubt involve public meetings, creation of helpful resources, discussions with elected councillors and MPs, articles and newspaper pieces, and asking election candidates their views. All these will need volunteers – please do get in touch if you might be interested. Don’t worry if you don’t yet have experience!