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…and give them back their respect

Antony Oliver's comment of the need to reinstate powerful municipal engineers at the heart of every local authority is both interesting and sadly very relevant.
Unfortunately, the ICE took over the Institution of Municipal Engineers (IMunE) and immediately disregarded any formal recognition of their unique skills.

This particular area of work needs both sound political and engineering judgement, and an extraordinary amount of patience. It has 60M clients in the UK and every one is an expert on your project!

The knowledge of working in a municipal environment was lost and the respect for a visible number of engineers in a specialist sector of civil engineering was diminished.

Although there are now only a few former MICE/MIMunE members still in the municipal area of work, this is a lesson that many have been loudly proclaiming for a considerable time.

As a former joint member, I would urge the ICE to give back that respect and for engineers to seize their role to work at the heart of local authorities and make valuable contributions to the improvement of their area for every resident.

LESLIE DALBY, LESLIE@DALBY67.FSNET.CO.UK

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