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West Somerset Railway - Removal of the PLC Chairman and related matters

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by rodders154, Aug 14, 2018.

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  1. GWR Man.

    GWR Man. Well-Known Member

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    Well this is what can happen when you let someone in who you think is a knight in shining armour and turned out to be not what it was they thought it was.

    "I've been a member of the TVR Society since 1978 and a director on and off for 30 years. The property is owned by the Company, which holds the LRO. Visitor numbers dropped and all the directors and Society members died or got old. The spirit went. The Responsible Person/Chief Engineer was incompetent and his health gradually deteriorated to the point where he could no longer function. When a local businessman turned up and said he could put money into reinvigorating the place, he was jumped at. However a grave mistake was made with the wording of his contract, and he took over running trains. He now behaves as if he actually owns the place. I am trying to put things right but its a tough ask.

    Elizabeth Perry, Jun 23, 2014"

    https://www.national-preservation.com/threads/teifi-valley-railway.299228/
     
  2. simon

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    I suggest you read the Companies Act.
     
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  4. jnc

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    Read his post again: 'and in a puff of smoke all volunteers disappear ... Quick someone wake me up I am having a nightmare...………….or am I!' .

    Noel
     
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    There is no "hole" in the PLC finances. As has been made clear previously, income over a long period and financial reserves are down, which means that any responsible company has to look at how to correct this, which is what is being done. The present Board members are not aware of any discussion to sell Odney Manor and it has not, to the best of our knowledge, ever been considered by the Board. There is no intention to consider it.

    Frank Courtney
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  6. FrankC

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    This is a personal posting and is not an official statement of the West Somerset Railway plc.

    At no point was it envisaged that I would be a representative of the WSRA. It was always going to be that I would be a director in my own right, and this was quite clear to the PLC Chairman before I was co-opted. The Association were not informed as it would be reasonable to deduce that since I was elected to the board of the Association less than 3 weeks earlier there would be no objections. With hindsight this proved not to be the case.

    Frank Courtney
     
  7. Greenway

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    Greenway said:
    Somewhere, behind the scenes, someone is pulling strings and is responsible, as far as I can see, for much of the upheavals that have blighted the line over the last few years.
    As far as new blood is concerned the question I ask is who in their right mind would want to be part of this lines administration?
    Every now and again it seems that no matter who are the administrators of the PLC or WSRA there are those, who are a very few, who find fault and undermine what is being done.
    The 'one family' slogan is a farce; it doesn't exist.
    This does, as suggested, seem to be connected with recent sackings and sadly, as hinted, vengeance is a great part of it
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    Regarding the post, made a little while ago, no one seems to have identified, or hinted so far, who is or are the string pullers. Is it possible that the recent rumours also part of the subterfuge?
     
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    Most strange.......the post that started this thread and kicked off the, at times heated, discussion has vanished. Why would that be??
     
  9. Greenway

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    If this is the original post then it still appears for me. However, maybe tomorrow........;)
     
  10. Fred Kerr

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    As noted by Frank, my posting was a personal view based on my reading of the various posts on this thread. If my understanding is incorrect I am happy to be corrected BUT since I have no connection with either the WSR or any of its bodies I can assure posters that my postings are personal views only.
     
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    The missing post was referred to by myself ( post #279) and others so if the author has removed it, he hasn't covered his tracks very well.
     
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    If you're referring to this post, it's still there; posts about the earlier WSRA board action were glued onto the front of the thread (since it's all apparently related; this keeps all the political kerfluffle in one thread).

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    That's great news Frank. Can you say the same about 9351 ? That would reassure a lot of people.
     
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    Err, your post #279 referred to this post, which was not in fact the one that started the ball rolling on the removal of the PLC Chair (which is the one I gave above).

    Noel
     
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    My apologies. For some reason I thought the post I referred to was the first one when the MODS created this thread. In fact, I referred to it as the first post in #279, which it was at the time. Have the Mods been tinkering??

    edited to add: It would appear the Mods have transferred earlier posts relating to the WSRA into this thread hence the slippage of the post to which I was referring to page 5. It hasn't been deleted as I originally thought.
     
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    Yes; see this post. The move apparently happened in stages, which is why different posts were the 'first post' in this thread at different times.

    Noel
     
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    I am pleased to hear that my sources are wrong. Thanks for your candour. Apologies.
     
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    I and many others would also appreciate the same reassurance over 9351.

    As for "no hole in the finances", can it be confirmed that money accrued for the restoration of our home fleet has not been diverted. If that money is no longer there then that would certainly be a hole in the finances.
     
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    Lets not go down the road of expecting Frank to deny sales loco by loco, or acre by acre, or to challenge every change in spend priorities as a black hole.

    I doubt thats what people are doing individually but thats what it comes across as collectively.




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    So the statement is no sale of a locomotive. What about the local business man being co opted?
     
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