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Elections reveal ARB apathy

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Forget the result, the paltry 15 per cent turnout in the ARB elections spelt out the industry’s feeling towards the board: apathy and boredom.

As Greg Lomas, of south London-based Foster Lomas says: ‘This is a very low turnout by anyone’s standards…..and a good measure of how much the care about the ARB and those who sit on its board.

‘It’s clear most don’t.’

For the record, the ARB Reformers who are still crusading to limit ARB’s activities missed out on their hoped for ‘clean sweep’ by only managing to secure five of the seven ‘elected architects’ seats on the 15-strong board.

Though George Oldham, Colin Brock, Ruth Brennan, Bernard Wyld, Andrew Mortimer, Gordon Gibb and Sarah Lupton won their place on the board until March 2012, hardcore ARB Reformers Mark Benzie and Derek Salter were not re-elected.

Ringleader Oldham admitted he was ‘disappointed’ and that ‘achieving reform [without the pair] would be just that much more difficult.’

The departing Benzie, fired off a parting shot, warning that the ‘the lay majority [on the board] needed to be less conformist and, as stewards of ARB, consider the long term effect of their decisions.’

However the biggest news remains that only 5113 of the 33,484 balloted voted - an 8 per cent drop on the piddly 23 per cent who cast their votes last time round in 2006.

Indifference was the real winner.

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