THE ASSOCIATION for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) this week backed NCE's petition to get engineers onto the government's independent Infrastructure Planning Commission.
he government wants all infrastructure projects of national signifi nce to be assessed by an independent committee of professionals rather than local councils (NCE 24 May 2007). The proposals were set out in the Planning White Paper, which fails to make a commitment on which professions will be included within the commission.
As a result, NCE has lodged a petition on the 10 Downing Street website to ensure that engineers are represented.
An ACE spokesman said: 'Engineers have key skills and expertise that the new planning commission needs to draw on.
ACE has more than 800 member fi ms and we are encouraging all of them to get their people to sign up to the petition. 'Full marks to NCE for drawing up the petition. Now let's see the industry backing it in droves!' To tell the government that engineers must be invited to sit on its planning commission, go to http: //petitions. pm. gov. uk/ NCEplanning/ l See comment page 17