As I have been heard stating at de-briefing meetings - "no profanity and no swearing" - but to be told I have failed to co-operate and communicate over the last ten years is almost 'delete expletives by the bucket load' WRONG. So totally WRONG I have hit the keyboard rather than work on parts of the BBP safety plan.
The first task I took on, with Bill's blessing, was to find and obtain a way for the Bluebird to be run on Coniston Water. I started this in 2005/6. This was achieved through talking with those in the village, on the Council and in the LDNPA. The Coniston Water Bye Laws were amended (late 2010) and signed off. These tell everyone what the Proving Trial of K7 will consist of and what the World can expect from the BBP on the water.
The parts of the boat had been recovered in 2001 and yet no one in the village had done anything to facilitate the return except that during the same time period as the Bye Law change was being discussed the Ruskin Museum raised funding and built an extension called the Bluebird wing. Everyone was told of the need for the Proving Trial TWELVE (12) years ago.
In mid 2015 I started detailed discussions with the CPC and was invited in December 2015 to personally speak with the Parish Council and any members of the village who took an interest. The detail was about the Proving Trial. The Council decided an event working group should be set up to plan for the return of the craft on to Coniston Water. In March 2016 the group started discussing what needed to be done. Detailed discussions have been held between the BBP and Coniston representatives for the LAST THREE YEARS.
The BBP crew decided that I should attend these meetings which have been held every six weeks (except in the summer break). They were never secret as I was in the village for two days every six weeks as a volunteer. I think that I had opened and contributed to co-operative communication in those two years, if not during the seven or so before.
I was rsponsible for suggesting some dates for the Proving Trial in late 2017, which were ignored, even though they did meet the compromise between a bank holiday and schools being on holiday, and there was an 'R' in the month. The dates did however focus the LDNPA minds and they respionded with the 'Christmas gift' of new documents outlining when and how the Proving Trial should "apply for exemption". These documents had been edited to try to remove Windermere and put Coniston in its place. Remember there is a Bye Law permitting runs by Bluebird K7 above 10mph.
Therfore the planning of the homecoming and any other Festival events around the Proving Trial of K7 could have started in detail two years ago. Not two months as the writer suggests.
As we are all watching the arrival of Storm Callum, it is worth repeating that although such events cannot be timetabled, all Councils and voluntary bodies have plans in place so as to react when the forecast suggests.
Do not keep trying to tell me that plans could only be put in place if a date is known. The village were 'primed' in 2005 and could have spoken with all concerned so that details could have been completed by the end of 2017 and put in the LDNPA format within weeks.
As this did not occur, the same outline planning should have, or may be has, been put in place by the village group since I stopped attending the Group meetings in March to attend to the planning of the Crew Training Exercise on Bute. Perhaps the LDNPA will receive documents (with July 2019 dates on the top) next week from the Festival Group in time to get sign off by January??
[Written in anger so apologies for any typo's.]