Editor's comment: Highways is here for you

09/04/2020
Dominic Browne

As far as we know, there are only two times in the almost 90-year history of this magazine that we have not released a scheduled printed edition. The last time was in the wake of the economic crash of 2008. And here we are again.

This April issue has not been sent to empty offices; it is being sent digitally to wherever you are. And it comes with this simple message from everyone in our team: No matter what the future holds, no matter what happens in the next few months, Highways is here for you.

If at any time you need us, for anything, even just a chat, we are here, so get in contact. This sector has supported this magazine through a world war, an economic depression, recessions and much else. We know in some cases that means we have done business with generations of the same family.

It is our honour to be working with this generation as we rise to meet another great challenge – which we will come through together. In that spirit, we have introduced a new feature this month – a community message board.

It is free to all of you. Your message might be new contact details for remote working, a thank you to your team, it might be just that you are carrying on, or the offer to share help and supplies.

It is a chance to let everyone know you are keeping up the good fight in whatever way you can. Because we all have a part to play, whether that is by self-isolating and stopping the spread of the COVID-19 disease, or carrying on, delivering essential work to keep the network functioning.

I sent my own message to the team this month, and I will pass it on to you because it goes for all our readers too. We don’t just work for ourselves; we work for the entire sector. Times are tough right now, and no one knows what the future holds. But never doubt that you are an amazing team and the days I have spent working with you have been the proudest of my career.

These are strange times. It feels like we are living in a cross between a disaster movie and a never-ending version of the week between Christmas and New Year – except you can’t even escape to the pub.

But this isn’t the worldwide disaster that movies told us to expect. As many have pointed out, this is the one where the heroes are the NHS staff, delivery drivers, cleaners, supermarket workers, local and central government officers, and yes, of course, our highways and transport teams. All of whom are doing what they can, and risking so much, to keep the country going.

It is too early to say much for sure, but even as I write, there are a few cracks of light coming through the clouds. The dreaded curve is being flattened; some countries are through the worst and others are turning the corner.

We are starting to see our way through to the end of the beginning. And after that comes the beginning of the end.

If things seem dark for you at the moment, please remember these words by poet Seamus Heaney: ‘Hope is not optimism, which expects things to turn out well, but something rooted in the conviction that there is good worth working for.’

Even when you can see little reason for optimism, there are always grounds for hope.

Stay safe, stay kind, stay resilient.

Editor: Dominic Browne

 

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Road worker/Ground worker

City of York Council
£10.30 per hour
Have you successfully worked as part of a team? York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

HGV Relief Driver

North West Leicestershire District Council
Salary Band D, £21,589- £24,799 per year (pro rata to period of contract)
We are looking to recruit temporary HGV Relief Drivers with occasional loading duties to join NWLDC’s busy Waste Services Team. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recruiter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Waste Services Worker (Loader)

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band B, £18,795 - £19,171 per year (pro rata to the length of contract)
We are looking for Waste Operations Loaders to join our Waste Services Team to undertake waste collection and other related duties. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recruiter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Chargehand/Ganger

City of York Council
£11.09 per hour
Do you have experience of excavation, reinstatement and footway maintenance schemes? York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Sustainability & Resilience Manager (maternity cover)

Essex County Council
£51510.0 - £58752 per annum
This fixed-term contract will begin in August 2020 and is expected to last until October 2021 Interviews scheduled to be held Wednesday 10th June 2020 England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Civil Service Deputy Director Roles

GOV.UK
£70,000 - £117,800 & excellent rewards
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Recruiter: GOV.UK

Engineer (Highways Scheme Design)

Medway Council
£31,888 - £37,646 per annum
The post-holder will be required to have highway engineering expertise in order to contribute to efficient and effective provision of... Medway City Estate, Rochester
Recruiter: Medway Council

Principal Flood Risk Officer

Lancashire County Council
£42,683-£46,566
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Recruiter: Lancashire County Council

Resources and Waste Commercial and Contracts Manager

Northumberland County Council
£47,107 - £50,394
We are looking for a strategic, innovative and performance-focused leader to join us as Resources and Waste; Commercial and Contracts Manager. County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland
Recruiter: Northumberland County Council

SEN Travel Assessment Co-ordination Officer

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£35,529 - £41,796
We are currently seeking an experienced officer administrator who will enjoy working as team and under their own initiative, with duties including... Bexleyheath, London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Bexley

Principal Planning Liaison Officer X3

Somerset County Council
£33,799 to £37,849 per annum
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Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Principal Estate Roads Engineer

Somerset County Council
£33,799 to £37,849 per annum
We have a number of fantastic opportunities in Somerset at various levels Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Principal Travel Plan Officer

Somerset County Council
£33,799 to £37,849 per annum
We have a number of fantastic opportunities in Somerset at various levels Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Assistant Estate Roads Engineer x2

Somerset County Council
£25,295 to £28,785 per annum
We have 2 exciting opportunities for enthusiastic and committed individuals to join our Highways Development Management Team Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Design Services Manager

Lincolnshire County Council
£50,430 - £55,503
We are a team of mixed experience and skills, proud to serve the people of Lincolnshire and have fun whilst doing so! Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Transport Planning Officer

North Yorkshire County Council
£29,636 to £32,029
We are looking for a Transport Planning Officer to join our Highways and Transportation service. Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Transforming Cities Fund - Project Delivery Manager

North Yorkshire County Council
£48,000 to £55,840
We are looking to appoint to the pivotal position of TCF Project Delivery Manager on a 3 year fixed-term contract, to... Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Engineer (Drainage)

Medway Council
£31,888 - £37,646 per annum
The post holder will be expected to work closely with our term maintenance contractor to successfully complete schemes. Medway City Estate, Rochester
Recruiter: Medway Council

Senior Street Lighting Engineer

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£35,246 - £45,704 depending on skills, knowledge and experience
Are you looking for working arrangements that enhance your work-life balance? London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Estate Maintenance Operative

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
Starting Salary is £21,210 depending on skills, knowledge and experience
You will be in daily contact with members of the public and will be expected to assist bereaved family members in a sympathetic manner. London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

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