Sunday, 17 April 2011

General Council 2011 (17/4/11)

Ramblers General Council has now finished; thank you to Oxfordshire
Area for hosting the event so well, within the beautiful surroundings
of Keble College.

The new trustees elected to the board are Naseen Aktar, Andy Rogers,
and Max Grant (each elected for three years), Owen Plunkett (elected
for two years), and James Lawson (elected for one year). Also new to
the Board of Trustees is Denis McAteer, who joins in his capacity as
the new Chair of Wales.

All 17 motions were debated and decided on, of particular note today
being a resolution passed on forestry which makes it clear that we
expect the Ramblers five key tests on protecting and enhancing forest
access to be met before any forest sales, and that if those tests are
not met, sales shouldn't take place.

General Council also endorsed the excellent achievements of the
Ramblers Get Walking programme, aimed at those new to walking, calling
for the concept to be embedded in Ramblers activity after the funding
for this particular project, from the Big Lottery Fund and the
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust, comes to an end. It was great to
hear from delegate after delegate on the success of Get Walking in
cities like Manchester and Birmingham. Rodney Whittaker, Ramblers
Chair, made the point that Naseem Aktar - who topped the trustee poll
- first became involved in the Ramblers through Get Walking.

We'll be posting all the resolutions passed on the volunteer website
in the near future.

Tom Franklin
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