THE ROLE OF THE ENGINEER IN GENERAL IMPROVEMENT AREAS

The author gives an outline of the part played by the municipal engineer in work associated with general improvement area schemes. He illustrates it with examples taken from Swansea. He first points out how the engineer is involved from the early stages of planning and how the work involves a wide range of specialist knowledge. In Swansea a programme is administered by a working party comprising an engineer, an architect, an estates officer, a solicitor, A planner, a housing officer, a public health inspector and an officer from social services. He compares this system with the alternatives of employing a consultant. He then underlines the need for public participation from an early stage and discusses the early work necessary prior to the declaration of the area. Residents' committees are next discussed. He then gives an account of the way in which the details of a scheme are established. The remainder of the paper is concerned with more specific functions of the municipal engineer, namely the problems of private streets, road closure procedures and the execution of works. He underlines the desirability of giving the residents' committee a clear picture at an early stage of the changes to be made and of the need for 'hard' landscaping to combat increasing vandalism. He concludes by briefly discussing likely future trends. /TRRL/

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 33-35
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 102
    • Issue Number: 2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125541
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1976 12:00AM