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Call for better representation of toll payers on Broads Authority

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 June 2014

Stephen Johnson from the Broads Authority said he was opposed to a quota system.

Stephen Johnson from the Broads Authority said he was opposed to a quota system.

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A call for more toll payers to be represented on the Broads Authority received a round of applause at the organisation’s annual meeting.

Former vice chairman of the authority, Alan Mallett, called for some members of the authority to be directly elected by toll payers, and said their current number was too low.

He said: “That is not democratic. That is not proper representation, and it should be put right. I would like to see how they react to having direct election from those who are providing almost half of their money already, and are likely to provide even more in the near future.”

Broads Authority chairman, Stephen Johnson, said five of the 21 members of the authority are currently toll payers, but that happened by accident, and he was opposed to a quota system.

He added that government proposals for direct elections for national parks were likely to use electorates based on geography, rather than sector interests.

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