I read with interest your Local Government File 2004.
Unfortunately, it looks as if someone has completely forgotten the role of England's 238 district councils' engineers in the public realm : an oversight I am sure! Daily they are delivering on:
lSea defences lTown centre and community regeneration lBuilding control for every new build lRunning major local services such as recycling, refuse collection, street cleansing, public space maintenance lIntegrity checks of dangerous structures at times of major emergency. . .
. . . to name but a sample.
They may not enjoy the budgets which Counties and Unitaries have at their disposal but they deliver important civic services nonetheless.
This is perhaps something for you to think about for your Local Government File 2005, if you want to ensure the profession is genuinely aware of what its local authority subscription payers are involved in.
Referring to a further story in last week's NCE, you might be interested to know that a recent survey of English authorities' chief executives indicated that about 3% are engineers. Mike Pitt (Kent), Peter Stethridge (Cornwall) and I are three whom I know of. That leaves about nine others out there somewhere!
Howard Davis CEng MICE, chief executive, Teignbridge District Council Driley@teignbridge. gov. uk