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  1. My background has nothing to do with it. If a friend of yours told you he'd been caught speeding, what would you think? 'Speeding' is in everyday usage to mean exceeding a speed limit https://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/three-people-arrested-and-41-drivers-caught-speeding-following-police-operation-in-great-yarmouth-1-5865317 I haven't seen any flames licking around JP's legs yet. It's simply too glib a remark, without any substance. I might retort that it's all just smoke and mirrors. I would much prefer to see an accurate account of what has happened. The blogs are increasingly seeming like sour grapes. Despite all the thinly disguised allegations, no-one has proved any actionable wrong-doing. An opportunity that did present itself has been allowed to pass by.
  2. Good try, but the word 'speeding' is general taken as excessive speed in relation to a speed limit. https://www.norfolk.police.uk/advice/roads-and-vehicles/speeding That we are even having this discussion points to the failure of the blog to convince.
  3. From the Blog: "The Blessed Spokesperson went on to claim that rangers couldn’t identify a speeding sailing boat from behind. "The speed of our ranger boats is no match for a heritage yacht. It would disappear into the distance and we’d have no way of identifying it other than the name on the transom, the gigantic number on the sail, and the fact that the rangers know all the boats anyway” she said." That gives the impression that the ranger would want to deal with the sailing boat in respect of its speed. The reference to the supply of recordings is totally inaccurate, as far as the real world is concerned. I am all too willing to believe the worst of the BA, but if even I can see the statements in the blog that simply beggar belief, it throws the whole blog into question...in my mind, if not in yours. If Brian Wilkins is no longer on the Navigation Committee, perhaps now the NSBA can get its act together and begin to challege the BA a bit more. It had crossed my mind that the current lack of activity from them may have been due to its close ties with the BA, to the extent that it was something of a toss-up whether or not I renewed my membership this year.
  4. Which bit is based on truth? Sailing vessels aren't subject to the Speed Limit Byelaws, and when I recently applied for a copy of a recording of a committee meeting, the request was dealt with by the Governance Assistant. It makes one wonder just how much of this so-called satire can be relied on to reflect actual events.
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    The Authority's Response To The Glover Report.

    I have just happened across the Authority's recruitment policy (Human Resources Policy No. 16 - Recruitment and Selection). This covers recruitment at every level. Paragraph 5 reads: 5. Selection and Appointment of the Chief Executive 5.1 The selection and appointment of the Chief Executive will be made by a panel of Members in consultation with Natural England. The panel has the opportunity to seek advice on the process from the HR Team, as they consider appropriate.
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    The Authority's Response To The Glover Report.

    James Knight wasn't a local authority appointee and was rather the author of his own fate. He has decided to give up the fight, on financial grounds. It is not for me to comment further on his decision. That Lana remains on the BA is testament to my comment that her local authority will not be bullied. However, there is no doubt that the local authority members are under threat. This is from the Authority's response: "The Broads Authority’s Board should be reduced in size to between 9 and 12 Members all of whom are appointed by the Secretary of State on the basis of their skills and knowledge so that they are equipped to make objective decisions in the best interest of the area." I would have thought those with the local knowledge to make objective decisions in the best interests of the area are those who have been elected by local residents to do exactly that.
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    The Authority's Response To The Glover Report.

    JM, once again your bias is showing. While there may be influence over the Secretary of State appointees, I think that Broadland District Council has demonstrated that the local authorities are not so easily swayed.
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    The Authority's Response To The Glover Report.

    No, it was the Authority's response to a consultation. I've seen several responses, none of which was complimentary about the Authority and the Authority has no comeback on them, either. 'Comeback' time is when the result of the review is published. Is the proposed wording any better? If you're a boater, no, it isn't in my opinion. If your interests lie elsewhere, perhaps.
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    The Authority's Response To The Glover Report.

    Only if they come armed with very sharp machetes!
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    The Authority's Response To The Glover Report.

    A current example of loss of navigation is Crome's Dyke, which leads from the Ant near How Hill to Crowe's Staithe. It is so overgrown that nothing larger than a canoe can use it. This has been brought to the attention of the Broads Authority on more than one occasion and the reply has always been along the lines of "tree clearance work...has to be focused on areas where it will deliver the greatest benefit for navigation". That sounds very reasonable, doesn't it? But the dyke is becoming more and more neglected and soon even canoes won't be able to use it. Another bit of the navigation abandoned, even though the right to navigate will persist. There have been mutterings that the Broadsword volunteers might carry out clearance work, but I'm not holding my breath.
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    The Authority's Response To The Glover Report.

    The standards of developments have always been within the remit of planning legislation. Nothing to do with the Broads Acts. The right of navigation cannot be simply abandoned, but do we all want to be navigating in canoes and kayaks, because the navigation hasn't been maintained at a depth suitable for deeper-draught vessels?
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    The Authority's Response To The Glover Report.

    I thought it was the whole Broads Authority, not just the chairman.
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    The Authority's Response To The Glover Report.

    The current situation is that there is right of navigation on tidal rivers. The derivation of that right is arguable, perhaps Magna Carta, perhaps common law, but it is a right that is recognised and accepted throughout the UK. The Broads Authority also have a legal duty of “protecting the interests of navigation” (note that the Broads Act does not say ‘protecting the right of navigation’ or ‘the navigation area’, such area being defined in the Broads Act). Legislation must be read as a whole. Bits of it cannot be selected to suit a particular purpose. So, if the 1988 Broads Act was amended to read “(c) protecting the right of navigation through the maintenance, improvement and development of the navigation area to such standard as appears to the Authority to be reasonably required”, then the maintenance etc will only be necessary to the standard as appears “…reasonably required”. The elements cannot be separated from each other. The change from “protecting the interests of navigation” to “protecting the right of navigation through the maintenance …” is significant for another reason. Parliament may override common law by enacting a statute. Should the Broads Act be amended by the inclusion of the proposed wording, then, for the Broads, that would become the law relating to the right of navigation. If the Authority decided that that one or more parts of the tidal rivers no longer required maintenance etc, it, or they, could be left to silt up. That such a decision must be “reasonable” offers no comfort either. What boaters might consider to be reasonable might be diametrically opposed to what a conservationist might consider reasonable, leaving the Authority as the final arbiter.
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    Sea Level Change, Since 1970...

    Sutton Fen is owned by the RSPB, having been bought, from the farmer who owned it, for £1.5 million.
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