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SoLR News | July 2022

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

Trevor Wilding has announced his retirement from industry and the SoLR board. Trevor started his long career as a draughtsperson with the GLC, producing paper plans on wooden drawing boards and his career continued though various London local authority roles in traffic and transport planning.

Following early retirement from the London Borough of Southwark, Trevor joined Mott MacDonald to advise on High Speed 1 (Channel Tunnel Rail Link) and Crossrail which led on to him co-founding Mott MacDonald's land referencing practice. Trevor retires with a lasting legacy thanks to his chair of the land referencer apprenticeship trailblazer group (with first candidates due to start this September) and his role in co-founding SoLR. We are very grateful to Trevor for his commitment to our industry and he will be greatly missed. We wish Trevor a very enjoyable retirement and pleased to announce that the SoLR board elected Trevor as an honorary member of SoLR, recognising his conspicuous service in the interests of the Society.

Upcoming events:

Our Community Committee has two upcoming events and we continue to signpost external CPD events such as support for becoming a chartered geographer with the Royal Geographical Society. Keep an eye on our events page.

HS2 Phase 2b Second Reading

The HS2 Phase 2b High Speed Rai (Crewe - Manchester) Bill received its Second Reading in the Houses of Parliament on Monday 20 June. Second Reading establishes the principle of the Bill and the need for the scheme.

A Select Committee is appointed to hear petitions against the Bill and it is then followed by a petitioning period during which those whose property or interests are specially and directly affected by the Bill can submit a petition, or objection, against it. At Second Reading it was also established that the Golborne Link, a proposed connection to the West Coast Main Line in Wigan, would not be included in the Bill. The Bill process has included land referencing and production of a Book of Reference accompanying the other Bill documentation.

For details on hybrid Bill land referencing, please see our expert speaker webinar recording below, where EJ Rodican-Jones of Winckworth Sherwood details how referencing differs for a hybrid Bill compared to that of a TWAO or DCO.

Mark Aanensen will be compiling industry news from organisations to share via our news and blogfeed and will be in touch with organisations shortly. If you have any news you would like to share, please get in touch:

We would love to share news each month from you and organisations to promote made legislation and submitted orders, project milestones, and involvement in projects.

Mark Aanensen will be in touch with organisations shortly to promote this and you can share your news with us:

Thanks to Emma Rodican-Jones from Winckworth Sherwood for preparing and delivering our expert speaker event 'Who and what to include in a Book of Reference? How diligent must we be?' on 29 June. A recording of this session can be found within your membership area of the SoLR website:

It was great to see so many people at our London networking event on 25 May. It was a well attended and enjoyable evening and the shuffleboard competition helped people make new connections. Big thanks to our Community Committee for organising and we look forward to making these regional events a regular occurrence.

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