The South Somerset Countryside Steering Group Committee.
Chard Reservoir Nature Reserve ( or Country Park)
A steering committee is a committee that provides guidance, direction and control to a project within an organization. The term is derived from the steering mechanism that changes the desired course of a vehicle. That is the definition Wikipedia give.
If this is true for SSDC then the existing committee would appear to be lacking in the expertise in flora and fauna necessary to steer anyone around a nature reserve.
The function of this committee seems unclear to me from the SSDC reports but it is presumed that they advise the Council on matters relating to the operation and running of the Chard Nature Reserve.
From the research I have done so far I am unable to find any qualifications among the existing “local “committee members which would enable them to give professional advice or guidance to the SSDC or the ranger on matters pertaining to a Nature Reserve or conservation area. I am left wondering what advice they are giving and it what capacity.
Only one of the members actually live in Chard ( the only member who responded to my email.), the other two in Chaffcombe and Winsham. Surely we can do better than that?
There is of course the possibility that they (the Committee) are there in name only to satisfy the regulations, as far as I am aware they are not voted on.
Local Expertise in Abundance.
What appears sadly lacking in the existing membership of this Committee is the involvement and representation of the main users of the Reserve.
Here is a few ideas to work on…….
- Bat Groups
- Chard Angling Club,
- Photographers, (Heaps of these)
- Wildlife experts,
- Local conservation groups
- Dog Walkers.
- Volunteers who work there.
and you can probably think of many more.
All have an interest in seeing the Chard Nature reserve is well managed for the benefit of the visitors and the wildlife.
The formation of a “Friends of Chard Reservoir” have been spoken of in the past but no one appears to have managed to get this going.
If you, like me want to see this place to continue as a Nature Reserve please leave your comments.
Thanks for reading this.
I would like to add that I write this as a ratepayer.