I agree with the comments of James Thomson regarding the internet and the ICE regions (NCE 20 July). As a local association development officer, one of my responsibilities is to attract more people to our meetings, but this seems to be an uphill struggle! We must find additional ways of providing our members with real value for their subscriptions.
Undoubtedly the internet provides a great medium for local associations to play an active role in helping members to help themselves.
Many have already developed their own websites which can be accessed through www.ice.org.uk.
The local associations and the ICE are working with Thomas Telford to develop a new standard local association website which will go a long way to meeting Mr Thomson's, and other members' needs.
Paul Firth (M), paul. firstname.lastname@example.org