The Maastricht Treaty agreed that decision-makers have to consider the impact of projects on the environment and design for sustainability. When civil engineering activity is unsustainable, in what form are advisers informing clients of this situation? There is a need for a standard disclaimer to be drawn up by the Institution for use when a client insists on construction activity which their adviser knows is not sustainable.
Even with a disclaimer, an adviser would be knowingly acting against the spirit of the Maastricht Treaty. It is only a matter of time before someone simply takes a planner or decision-maker to court to stop a project.
Pat Toms (M),68 Shakespeare Street, Glasgow G20 8TJ