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Reach the right people and reports - and be friendly and understanding

This campaign tip (no. 25) was published on Friday, 25th January 2019
Transport mimisters come and go, but civil servants are permanent.

Transport Ministers may have higher agendas and may have limited knowledge (but some are exellent and well briefed) where civil servants are working to policy and if you can frame your case within policy rather than setting new precendents, you have a better chance.

if you're dealing with planning and local works, it's important to make your inputs clear to the actual decision makers; it may be worth going along to the parish meeting and having them raise points in their input, but make sure you supply direct input too. And if it matches the parish input in spirit but not in words, that's a powerful advocacy in your direction.

Long term (strategic) reports are sometimes so obscure they're hard to follow, but it is worth getting your direction in there as long term policy.
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These pages are written by Graham Ellis of Melksham, Wiltshire. Overlapping a life in IT and IT training, with running a hotel and campaigning for improved public transport, Graham has never been quiet - though he's starting to wind down gently now. He no longer takes overnight guests and has stepped doen from the "Community Rail Officer" role which he accidentally aquired. So he now has more time to write pages such as these and to travel in the UK. He'll be delighted to speak with your group or take a look through your case or camapaign, but be alerted that his time is not limitless even now, and he still has to keep the wolf from the door.

Postal: 48, Spa Road, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 7NY
Phonal: 01225 708225
Emailal: graham -at-
Or reach me on the Coffee Shop Forum (User Grahame) facilities

What a difference a campaign makes!

It probably wouldn't have happened without a strong community campaign with which I have been involved. Most days through 2019 I'll be sharing a thought, an idea, a way of working or an experience. Come back here for the links. Discussions via the Coffee Shop Forum - Graham Ellis, 31st December 2018

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