In the Bulletin this month, the following topics are covered.
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TAG PRESIDENT SIGNS
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
The purpose of the Agreement is to provide a framework for co-operation between the parties in respect of the operation of the
Highways Agency’s Traffic Control Centre.
The co-ordinating committee (including TAG) will try to co-ordinate the responses of the local highway authorities concerning national
policies for the operation of the Traffic Control Centre. They will also use their best endeavours to agree and promote national
policies for its operation.
ITEMS FROM TAG COUNCIL ON 20TH JULY
See details in the Bulletin
Future TAG Council meetings, all on a Friday, at The Institution of Highways & Transportation: –
18 January 2002, 19 April 2002,19 July 2002
WEST MIDLANDS SEMINAR
6th December Loughborough University
Professor Kate Moss of Loughborough University will be talking about the implications of section
17 of the crime and disorder act.
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NORTHWEST TAG RETIREES CELEBRATE
TRAFFIC CALMING IN PRACTICE” – REVIEW
By R A Salmon
Group Manager Traffic Engineering & Road Safety
West Sussex County Council.
(A full copy of Rob Salmon’s Guidance Note can be seen in the Bulletin )
AIVF NORMANDY REGIONAL CONGRESS AT CHERBOURG
David Thomson, Surrey Heath’s Director of Environmental and Commercial Services, attended this congress in his capacity as National President of the Local Government Technical Advisers Group.
APPLYING THE REVISED PPG 13 – The latest guidance and best practice
Report By Keith Millington who recently attended a Government Sponsored conference on the implications of the revised PPG13
The conference focused on the application of the revised final version of the Government’s key transport planning note issued earlier this year. With the accompanying guides are to be published this Autumn, the new framework has crucial implications for those working on the delivery of individual policy initiatives and projects in both the public and private sectors.
The conference provided an overview of the new guidance, expanded on its key elements, gave presentations on the supplementary guidance and the new transport assessments, planning obligations, travel plans, maximum parking standards and park and ride.
Also the impact on regional planning and wider development planning was discussed.
A full version of Keith’s report on the conference can be found in the Bulletin.
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Update on Rethinking Construction. Full details in the Bulletin.
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ACRONYMS
All you’ve ever wanted to know about the subject!!!!!!!
All in this month’s Bulletin.
MINI ROUNDABOUTS RESULTS OF THE CONSULTATION EXERCISE
Members will recall the questionnaire circulated earlier in the year requesting information on the design of mini roundabouts
The production of the report is imminent and members are requested to look for the news item in the Bulletin
The report contains some significant findings including the fact that 2/3rds of Highway Authorities who responded to the questionnaire do not consider that there is satisfactory and consistent design advice available for mini-roundabouts.
Also, road safety at many of these roundabouts is not
as good as many authorities believe and requires careful examination before installing them widely.
THE INFOSHARE E MAILS FROM ICE
Main DTLR site (http://www.dtlr.gov.uk):
A PLEA TO TAG COMMITTEE AND REGIONAL SECRETARIES
We need to get timely notice out to our members about meetings of our committees and regions.
We also need to tell them what went on at our meetings PDQ
Please send details direct to the Bulletin Editor/Webmaster without delay to keep us all up to speed with what’s going on.
THE TAG WEB SITE
Development of the web site continues. The next innovation will be the introduction of a Business directory which is currently under test.
TAG members whose Authorities have paid the subscription to the site, but who have not yet personally signed up for the members section of the site should receive a letter prompting the to do so now. If you think you fall into this category and have not received a prompt, Contact John Holdsworth at email@example.com
The rapid pace of change in Local Government is leading to the departure of many Senior Officers from the Service. The past year has seen over 10% of the TAG membership taking early retirement or moving to other employment.
One outcome of this trend has been for an increasing number of members to find themselves to be the only TAG member in their Authority.
If you are in this position, do not forget that TAG has recently changed its constitution and rules to enable technical officers at all levels both in the directly employed public services and in the consulting and contracting industries serving the local government sector.
If you have colleagues who would benefit from being members of TAG, do remember we have the corporate membership subscription which enables a reduced fee to be gained from multiple memberships. The introduction of
“Up and Coming” young professionals to TAG can do nothing but good for both the local government service and TAG.
Application forms can be obtained from our General Secretary, Roy Fairclough.