Why has Save Capel asked supporters to become members?
Save Capel should be run democratically by members of the community, which is under threat.
This is achieved by electing the steering group, or executive as it is known.
Having an elected executive shows that those people who are leading the campaign have a mandate from the community to do so. This is something that has been challenged by external parties in the past.
To make that approach work fairly, ahead of the first election, campaign supporters were asked people to become members, to enable them to stand or vote in the election.
Membership is like being a shareholder in a business, who gets to vote on key executive roles and decisions.
The difference is there is no cost to becoming a Save Capel member as no shares need to be purchased. And membership is equal to all who wish to join; no advantage is gained from an increased number of shares.
This approach, which is typical of many voluntary and charitable organisations, also means that if enough of the members have significant concerns about how the campaign is being managed, there is a mechanism for them to challenge that.