A meeting took place Thursday last 10th March with Shrewsbury Council with SAF Committee members representing (Shropshire Angler’s Federation) and Trustees representing SAMC (Shrewsbury Angling Management Committee).
A full agenda with many problems discussed at length, two hours in fact. Committee stated that either the council sell permits or SAF do. SAF have procedures in place and complaints should be directed by council to those procedures. Further, it was said that the council receive financial instruments sufficient to satisfy both council and council auditor. Neither did the SAF have a need to carry balance sheets within the website for SAMC business, a sub-committee of the Executive SAF committee without a need for a constitution or other.
SAMC created at the insistence of council as being the body for the sale of a permit to fish council owned waters. The responsibilities associated with SAMC gave rise for the creation of Trustees within the SAF framework. Trustees having assigned as being directly responsible to the council for the conduct and finances of the SAMC.
In reply council clearly stated that SAF have and are achieving full support of the agreement held. Financial instruments uttered by SAMC to council satisfy the criteria required. Thus agreed little or no requirement to issue balance sheets within the SAF website, it, however, was decided that to issue total permit sales value and the budget set aside for the coming year would be of interest. Further, confirmed satisfaction from the last meeting. Procedure elements that were missing within the SAF website have now been attended. Agreed although already in place are as requested now within the website, with clear and concise distinction.
Further discussion took place concerning issues relating to Facebook. Over the last three years, this medium has proven not to serve as to any benefit to SAF or SAMC. Albeit initial intentions on various attempts, have been thwarted, giving rise to concerns of SAF/SAMC committee and council alike. A decision was taken that the website will now carry announcements, intentions, work to be undertaken, etc. Thus, now none interactive with the “permit holder” all agreed it was a sad day.
However, it cannot be denied over the period inexcusable statements and elements have arisen within various titles within Facebook, against SAF and consequently council. Sufficient that all agreed that to “purchase a permit to fish is indeed just that and nothing more implied or intended”.
Council further stated that all any complaints received in the future would be referred to the procedures within the SAF website.
John Roberts…Chairman SAF