I chaired my first monthly ELR Board meeting this week. Understandably, for most of our volunteers and staff the work of the Board goes unnoticed and probably the work we do and decisions we take can appear quite remote from day to day operations. However, I would unequivocally say, that all Board members are passionate about the railway and will always seek to protect its future when making decisions.
I would like, through this blog, to shine a light on the work of the Board. We always have regular agenda items which include the finance report, giving updates on income and expenditure; dealing with requests from Directors on behalf of departments for one off spending approval . We also receive sales and marketing reports.
At this meeting we received a special report recommending the recruitment of two apprenticeships covering business administration which were agreed. These two posts are a small, but important, investment for the future and are needed to help with a lot of back office finance and administrative functions.
As the project lead, I reported to the Board on the progress on our ambition to construct a new station. I was pleased to advise the Board that we have successfully assembled a budget for the work with grateful thanks for grants from Bury Council, Friends of Burrs and the Caravan Club. We are now in advanced discussions with a local construction company. We are also in the process of submitting a revised planning application which will take a couple of months. I hesitate to say anymore until all the technical and legal elements are wrapped up before we can set any agreed timescales.
And that Was the Week That Was!
Away for a few weeks.