Bob Wilkins (East Sussex) moves up to be vice president, and Alastair Jefford (Kent) becomes second vice president.
These appointments were confirmed at the annual general meeting and luncheon on 12 June. The luncheon was a new initiative this year. It provided an opportunity for members to recognise the background technical work carried out by staff from their authorities in support of the society. A special award was made to John England (Gloucestershire) in recognition of his work in organising two very successful information management conferences.
In his presidential address, David Harvey highlighted the major challenges that lay ahead in respect of delivery of the 10 Year Transport Plan, and the achievement of national waste management strategies and targets. These will have to be addressed in a climate of major uncertainty about the future role of county councils in strategic planning and the prospect of major upheaval of local government as part of the debate about regional government.
Mr Harvey commented that: 'The County Surveyors' Society is already well established as a reliable source of evidence based professional and technical advice on a wide range of subjects. We are committed to working in partnership with central government departments, the LGA and kindred professional bodies to find effective solutions to some of the very demanding challenges facing both central and local government.'
CSS - The County Surveyors' Society represents the directors of strategic planning, transportation, environment, waste management and economic development throughout the UK. Its members' responsibilities cover more than half the population, 75% of the highways and 90% of the land area of the country. The society's aims are to represent members' interests through the development and dissemination of best practice, responding to European and central government consultation and by promoting initiatives aimed at influencing government policy. The work of the society is centred on a number of committees and working groups and is supported by a programme of research projects.