The year ahead

Author: Andreas Markides Posted: 25 August 2017

As I had previously been advised by wise people, August has proved to be a quieter month! I have not had any external engagements, even though I have had many meetings and discussions with staff at Britannia Walk in preparation of my future schedule and forthcoming events. Something tells me that in a few days' time I will be hit by a tsunami!
We start on the 6 September with the first Trustees meeting to be followed soon afterwards by the Locan Cup which is being organised by the East Midlands Region in Lincolnshire. The sad news is that I have been judged "not good enough" to take part in the golf itself; I therefore look forward instead to the organised tour of Lincoln city and cathedral. 
There follow in quick succession the first Council meeting on the 20th; a meeting with the chair of ADEPT on the 22nd; and the Annual Dinner of the Yorkshire and Humber region in Leeds on the 29th.
Finally, the more eagle-eyed amongst you, will have noticed that last month I started a new column feature entitled "Did you know?" My intention behind that is to prompt a reaction from some of you and therefore start to engage a little bit more with grassroots membership.
Please feel free to email me with any views or comments which you may have - or alternatively, please send in your own "Did you know?” I very much look forward to my post bag being swamped with your messages!


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Did you know…

Billions of pounds spent upgrading motorways and roads may be a waste of money because traffic levels are expected to fall, ministers have been told. 
A study by the University of Leeds has said that people were travelling “less often and less far” by car because of the rise of internet shopping, Netflix and flexible working.
The Commission on Travel Demand said that individuals used cars and other vehicles 14% less than they did fifteen years ago with more of those in their late teens and early 20s shunning car ownership altogether.
Hence, even though traffic has reached record levels as a result of population growth, the study has concluded that vehicles were likely to travel 70 billion miles less by 2040 than the government predicted.