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||Posted: 16 Oct. 2008,14:43
Gavinruane - regarding courses specifically dealing with drainage solutions to help ensure driveways will comply with the new laws: I did propose such a course at the committee meeting of the Hard Landscaping Training Group held on October 1st, but while there was general agreement about the need for such a course, the rest of the committee would not sanction its creation and development. To be frank, the way that group has been over the past 12 months, if I said 'black', they'd say 'white' just to be bloody awkward.
However, given that the rump of the HLTG regards the timing and availability of lunch to be more important than providing adequate training for our industry, I'm in discussion with a private company to fund the development and subsidised hosting of such a course for later this year or, more likely, early next year. More news as and when, assuming I get agreement from the money men.
The HLTG, in their bewildered wisdom, have also decided they do not need to have any input to the forthcoming HSE review of the ways in which paving materials are handled. Dismayed with this attitude, I've decided to fund my own attendance at the review meetings in that London to ensure that someone puts the contractor's point of view. It's apparent we can't rely on the official training body to represent our trade when the powers-that-be make decisions that will directly affect how and when we work.
Dave - all of the govt documents are available via the website already. Here's a list of the relevant links....
The actual Legislation
The Explanatory memorandum
The Guidance Document
..and other useful info...
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