As a member of the former Institution of Municipal Engineers it was with some sadness that I read of the possible extinction of the municipal engineers (NCE 19 September).
It was inevitable that over the past 25 years of the introduction of various authorities, agencies, consultancies and privatisations that the role of the municipal engineer would be diminished. Today many local authorities no longer have a separate engineers department and those that remain are just a shadow of their former selves.
Many municipal engineers lived in the area they served and, therefore, had a personal as well as professional interest in their work. Many were long serving in their authorities and over the years developed good relationships with elected members and the chairmen of committees, along with other officers in the various departments of a local authority.
I believe that our profession and the country will be the poorer for his passing. Let us hope that those who now try to fill his shoes, in a world that specialises, will do so with equal skill and dedication.
GE Tucker, 89 Old Station Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 2AF.