Bob Mehew said:Surely an email with the attachment of a scanned copy of a document incorporating the necessary information would have been sufficient? As I understand it, the explicit demand for a paper version does seem unreasonable. (As I understand it, such a document would be deemed sufficient evidence in a court of law.)
The problem may be that not everyone has access to a scanner if they happen to be away from their usual email set-up and working on a mobile phone. There are quite a few ways to match up the original proposer and the seconder so that the two appear linked and the Secretary, on receipt, should be able to print out the two emails and could, as a final check reply to ask for confirmation. There are several ways of doing this, provided you accept that email (if confirmed) is acceptable in the same way as writing on paper and, as I've said, the date/time record on the email ndicates when it was sent.
It would be a great pity if Will were not included as I believe he did his best to comply but, owing to being abroad and being told he was expected to produce written signatures, his proposal wasn't accepted. I don't think this was a "conspiracy" but I do think it was something of a "cock up" with Robin trying to do the correct thing while perhaps misunderstanding the situation.
I don't think it's helpful either to start guessing what people's view are re. CRoW and Change. The whole point of a discussion at an AGM is to put your point of view and try to ensure that others see it your way but, if that isn't possible, you try to aim for a sensible compromise on how far you can move in the direction you want. I would hope that we have got beyond trying to block things outright and can progress, even if it's perhaps a little slower than some would like.
CRoW is now settled as far as BCA is concerned and doesn't need to be revisited - we concentrate now on changing the views of Defra, etc. and ensuring that conservation issues are properly taken care of using the mechanism which already exists.
Change is coming but how, exactly, and at what speed is the question now. We have to work out how BCA Council will work in a changed situation and, IMHO, that hasn't yet been thought through properly - but hopefully this should be sorted out during the coming year.