At last the ICE has finally woken up to the crisis facing local authorities in recruiting suitably experienced engineers, as the last proper county surveyor disappears over the horizon.
Some of us who were in local government 10 years ago saw the writing on the wall and attempted to alert a number of leading Council members and officers of ICE, only to be branded as scaremongers and have our concerns ignored.
Successive national governments have deliberately and systematically destroyed local government since the mid1980s, by fiscal controls, structural changes and increasing bureaucracy.
The death knell for municipal engineering was sounded when IMunE merged with ICE, despite the valiant attempts of AME chairmen and a few other stalwarts.
Keith Fearnside, Shrewsbury, keith_fearnside@onetel. net.uk