Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Golden goodbyes


It was ironic you chose a cigar toting, chauffeur-driven individual to characterise the outgoing senior ranks of municipal engineers (NCE 17 October). It should be remembered that many of this dying breed benefited from golden handshakes, pension enhancements, and redundancy lump sums, and so continue to enjoy the good life.

It is also ironic that many of the shoals of departing municipal engineers now find themselves re-employed in the private sector, further enhancing their fortuitous sweetheart 'retirement' deals.

Don't then shed too many tears for the demise of the municipal fraternity. It's one of life's maxims, that inefficient organisations go bad and decline.

We should also reserve criticism for the Whitehall mandarins who orchestrated the dismantling exercise of the past decade. While they recognised the disciplines the private sector could bring, they should have realised they were paying too much.

Should the municipal engineer become extinct, as the article suggests, I only hope the fat cats who benefited from the demise face up to their part in the downfall.

Charles Walker, 18 West Colinton House, 40 Woodhall Road, Edinburgh, EH13 ODU

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.