On reading the article on the demise of the muncipal engineer (NCE 17 October), I felt compelled to write and offer a positive note of encouragement to all of those municipal engineers still left.
I have just been appointed chief executive of my local authority, which is Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, and consider that this shows there is still hope.
My authority, albeit small, still offers a wide-based professional training to civil and structural engineers. Some of the old classic routes to the top have disappeared, but we must not forget that the skills developed as a professional engineer can still be harnessed for the good of the community.
Robin Morrison (M), BGCBC, Municipal Offices, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6XB