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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.


  • Totally agree with the other respondents here. Toll payers are contributing serious levels of finance to the BA. They should be properly represented and have a real input into the running of the authority. At present we get BA!

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    Grey Fox

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Ah, Mr Allan Mallett - the famous twit that called toll payers "The Little People" !! I hope his job becomes an elected roll !! This is one sector that really needs to change, from the top down !!

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    Jobs Worth

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • We need a fairer system, especially now that the toll payer finances the Authority to the level that it does. A dream, maybe, but electing a chief executive would be no bad idea.

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    peter waller

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Our BA is one of the last bastions against change and more likely to munch japanese knotweed then to drop their hangers on. Democracy does not come into it. I hope that the BA changes soon and that this change comes from outside and that its members will soon be able to achieve what should have happened 20 years ago.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, June 30, 2014

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