As most people will understand the pressure that have been on the railway with the misfortunes of the past few years have been very great indeed. It is the way of things that different opinions and personalities can be heightened at such times compared with when times are good.
Without going into details beyond those with which I'm familiar, and as a member who was a relatively impartial observer (with no direct involvement in the different sides of the debate) it was clear to me and most members that the organisation was suffering from a deadlock at board level. Communication with membership was very poor. This is not the fault of any individual board member but neither was it an acceptable situation to continue with for the greater good of the railway.
Those board members who were voted out at the meeting that was held had failed to explain adequately the reasons why things were being run the way they were and how they would resolve the deadlock of the board. Although the process was unfortunate in the way it occurred and various positions should have been made clearer upfront, at the end of the day it was the democratic opinion of the majority of members that these changes occurred. There was adequate time from when the meeting was called for those board members who were voted out to justify themselves to the members.
Since the new board has commenced it is once again working well and communication to membership has greatly improved.
It is still a hard road ahead but at least now we have a board with confidence of the majority of the membership. I thank the former board members for their efforts and wish the new board the very best.