With the AGM of the Barton & Tredworth Community Trust coming up, I’ve been in the habit of checking their [our?] web site’s News & Events page to see if it would be advertised. Technically, this isn’t absolutely necessary, because anyone who has registered as a member (everyone who lives or works or has a business located in the ward is entitled to be a member but still needs to sign up) gets a letter to let them know about it, which was delivered about two weeks ago. However, about two hundred people are registered, against more than 3,000 residents, and every AGM struggles to be quorate, which takes twenty people. A public advertisement a couple of weeks back would have seen people registering with the intention of attending the AGM, though some might argue that the kind of person who made a point of doing that might skew the results of any vote, and be accused of hijacking the AGM. It’s hard to imagine what could be worse than the present apathy, though.

Having just tried to check the site, though, I find that it apparently doesn’t ‘exist’. Is it too much to expect that Softdata have finally admitted to themselves that the people in charge of the trust were never seriously interested in having a website? That would mean that I was right all along, after all, which can’t be the case.

So maybe it’ll return, and maybe there’ll be something about the AGM, and maybe the page dedicated, if that’s the right word, to the Barton & Tredworth Neighbourhood Partnership will have more than a link to one newsletter, when two more have been published since. It’s strange, and slightly irksome, that a Google of the partnership’s name turns up that badly written page in first place, another BTCT page in second, and only then does the bartred.webs.com home page come up. Softdata surely know more about getting a good placing for a site on Google, but whether that site deserves the placing is another matter…