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Town planners share best practise with planners of tomorrow

Published Monday, 10th February 2020

Cllr mulroney peter geraghty alex johnson Senior Planner from enfield council

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council welcomed a young town planner to the Civic Centre for the day as part of the Chief Planners of Tomorrow initiative.

On Monday 10 February, Alexander Johnson, senior planning officer from London Borough of Enfield, visited the council as part of the initiative, which has recently been relaunched by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Alexander joined local planning officers in various meetings throughout the day to see the role council planners have in the planning process and to share best practise.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “I am pleased that the council is taking part in the Chief Planners of Tomorrow initiative launched by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Planning is key for the future development of Southend and south Essex and we have an award winning service and we are pleased to share our experience with others.

“Our director for planning and transport, Peter Geraghty, a Fellow of the Institute, prepared an interesting programme and we were delighted to meet Alex, share our experiences with him and welcome him to our borough.”

Peter Geraghty, director for planning and transport, said: “Planning remains a fundamental public service and the Chief Planners of Tomorrow is a great initiative to help develop leaders of the profession, and to provide experience to a group of young professionals who are key to the future of planning in local authorities.

“I am delighted to support this initiative and that Southend was chosen to host a visit. I was delighted to share my knowledge and experience with Alex and showcasing the work of planners in the borough.”