Version 8 12th Nov 2014
1.1 The name of the Consultative shall be the Broads Angling Strategy Group herein after referred to as “BASG”. ;
The objectives of BASG shall be:
2.1. To promote and protect fisheries and angling interests within the Broadland Rivers Catchment.
2.2. To provide and maintain effective communication between anglers, conservation, Navigation and fisheries interests with the Broads Authority, the Environment Agency and other relevant bodies within the Broadland Rivers Catchment.
2.3. To define and implement the Broads Angling Strategy
2.4. To ensure affiliation to and representation of BASG views at the AT Regional Forum, Angling Trust and other relevant bodies.
3.1. Membership of BASG shall be open to all clubs and associations with an interest in angling and fisheries in the Catchment and other organisations with an interest in the conservation, protection and enhancement of fisheries in the catchment.
3.2. The BASG will be structured with a main committee and subgroups to maintain focus on individual Issues and delivery. These will consist of but not limited to:
Access & Conflict
Communications & Education
Pike and Predator
3.3. Individual membership, in particular individual members of Angling Trust, is available to interested parties subject to acceptance at an ordinary or annual general meeting.
3.4 In addition the main committee may confer Honorary Membership on any person who in their opinion has rendered distinguished service to the Consultative, and shall have power to co-opt such other persons or organisations as may be of assistance to the Consultative.
4.1. The BASG shall meet a minimum of four per annum at a venue to be determined by the elected committee. Subgroup meetings should be arranged prior to this, to ensure governance is maintained.
4.2. The BASG committee will be formed from it’s elected officers, Delegates from the Broads Authority, Environment Agency, Tourism Agency, representatives from each Sub Group and up to 4 co-opted persons as defined in 3.3 & 3.4.
4.3. The meeting following the end of the financial year shall be the Annual General Meeting which is open to all members.
4.4. Representation of not less than six members shall constitute a quorum which should include two officers.
4.5. An extraordinary general meeting may be called at the request of three members and the secretary will give notice in writing to members at least four weeks prior to the meeting specifying the date, time and place and reason for the calling of the extraordinary general meeting then rule 7 applies.
4.6 Voting rights at general and extraordinary meetings shall be limited to one vote per member or member organisation. This will be managed via a annual membership register list. This will be reviewed at each AGM.
5.1. The following officers and delegates shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting;
Press & Media Officer
AT Forum Representative
BASG Representative(s) to Broads Forum(s)
5.2. Honorary auditor(s) (inspectors) shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
5.3. The officers and auditor(s) (inspectors) shall retire annually but shall be eligible for re-election.
5.4. The BASG may co-opt without voting rights any individual they see fit subject to a majority of members present and voting, being in favour.
5.5. Elected officers shall have the full authority between meetings to pursue the objectives of BASG in accordance with the constitution and within the mandate of the Consultative’s decision as recorded previously in the minutes. Any actions must be tabled at the following meeting.
6.1.The financial year shall end on 31st December each year and accounts shall be made up to and including that date and the treasurer shall at the Annual General Meeting present to the delegates a duly audited (inspected) balance sheet and statement of accounts.
6.2. Membership subscriptions shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting and shall be due on January 1st each year. Members will have no voting rights until membership fees are paid in full.
6.3 BASG funds shall be deposited in a suitable bank account and used solely for the objectives of BASG as set out in 2 above. Bank signatories will be the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, any two of whom may sign cheques.
6.4. BASG shall authorise the treasurer to pay any reasonable out of pocket expenses to any person who is authorised to act on behalf of BASG, subject to agreed and available budgets.
6.5 Two persons shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting to act as auditors (inspectors), they shall hold no other office within BASG.
7. Alteration of Constitution.
No alteration to this constitution may be made except at an Annual General Meeting or extra-ordinary general meeting and provided that the proposed alteration has been notified in writing to members at least four weeks prior to such a meeting. Amendments to these proposals may be discussed at the said meeting and voted on accordingly.
8. Provisions for Sub Groups
8.1 The BASG may appoint such sub group(s) as may be deemed necessary for the furtherance of its objectives. T
8.2 All Subgroup activities are under the governance of the BASG committee and should broadly align to the subgroup objectives defined in section 2.3 – 2.6.
9. Points of Order
9.1 The ruling of the chairman on ‘points of order’ shall be absolute and without appeal.
9.2 The Officers shall have the power to propose the termination of a persons membership of the Group for good cause such as failing to comply with the bylaws, conduct or character prejudicial to the Group or likely (in the opinion of the Officers) to bring the Group or sport into disrepute provided that:-
The member shall be notified and explained in writing and be given a reasonable opportunity to defend and justify themselves either in writing or by appearing before a meeting of the Group members. A vote of the membership will require a majority vote for such termination to be implemented. Any appeal against such termination shall be considered by the Chairman as final.
In the event that BASG is dissolved for any reason the balance of funds remaining shall be donated to the Angling Trust Regional Forum to be used for the benefit of fisheries and angling.