PLENTY OF fireworks are promised in a debate to be held at the ICE next month, on the merits of using Lottery funds to make new roads environmentally acceptable.
Mark Whitby's remarks in NCE 20/27 August that plans for financing the Stonehenge road tunnel were just the sort of 'creative accountancy that could have saved Twyford Down' incensed some engineers.
Reaction in NCE's letters column included contributions from former vice president David Rogers, who emphasised that Lottery funding was intended to support 'new initiatives that would otherwise not receive funds', and Roy Downing who referred to 'environmental bigots who would rather waste the extra pounds 150M cost of a tunnel ..... than provide equipment for our hospitals'.
Whitby has booked the Smeaton Room at ICE's Great George Street HQ for the debate between David Rogers and himself, kicking off at 6.30pm on 15 October. The motion being proposed is that: 'Lottery money should be used in the enhancement of roads'. All are welcome.