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Topic Title: IET Savoy Place Closed to members during Olympics
Topic Summary: IET has once again shown how little it values its members by removing access to Savoy Place
Created On: 06 July 2012 06:02 PM
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 06 July 2012 06:02 PM
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So, no access to members from next week so that the IET can get its nose in the trough and be "part" of the Olympics. Just when the members' facilties would be so useful for those unable to reach their normal place of work.
Did I blink and miss the consultation on this? Or the communcation and explanation of it? Do they think we are stupid?
 09 July 2012 12:33 PM
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I'd just like to correct this statement by confirming that Savoy Place will continue to be open to members during the period July 12th to August 19th but with reduced facilities. Member access will be via the East door on Savoy Street, taking them to the first floor where access to the Library area, PC's, tables, chairs and tea and coffee facilities are being made available.
The Trustee Board agreed to the letting of the facilities for this short period over the summer months, and the proceeds have allowed us to launch and fund the recently announced Diamond Scholarships, and will support further enhancements to member facilities in the future, as well as our other charitable programmes to support and promote the engineering profession and knowledge.
 14 July 2012 10:50 AM
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It seems the elected dictatorship decided against consultation on this one, which has been an acute frustration to many members. Just to correct the above statement:

> The IET is closed to members except the library between 10am and 4pm (not very helpful!).
> There are no catering facilities available.
> Five weeks is not a short period for a closure.

Extended opening hours and alternative facilities have been requested by members but there has not been a response/comment on this point from the trustee board/committee. I'm not sure if this is becasue they have not seem the correspondence or are ignoring it.

Hopefully the Qatar Olympic committee will enjoy our facilities and look after them. Who knows who the Board will rent our facilities out to next? Perhaps the facilities should be closed to engineers and merely rented out commercial gain? Which I fear may not not comply with the terms of the lease.

I'll hopefully be reviewing the facilities in detail on Monday and will report back to members then.

 16 July 2012 05:46 PM
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Just as a quick update. I did visit the facilities today and all that is open to the members is the library (between 10am and 4pm). This is only accessible via signing in and with an escort from the member's temporary reception. It is not clear why we need to sign in and get a visitor's badge, but there you go.

With people having meetings in the library, it is pretty noisy in there for everyone else hoping to use it as a library. There are no other facilities available to members. There is quite a lot of construction work getting it just right for the Qatar Olympic Committtee. We wouldn't want them being put out in any way!

I've still had no response from the committee or anyone else on whether we can have some sensible opening times (eg, 8am to 6pm). I'm now not expecting a response as the concerns of humble members seem to be of no interest!

Best wishes

 17 July 2012 07:43 PM
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Thanks for the research Peter, not good news then.
As it happens, I had arranged a lunch meeting in the Kelvin Lounge for next week. I'm glad I found out that I wouldn't be welcome, before being embarrased in front of my prospective client.

Tim Hamer, may I ask what was your role in this gratuitous dash for cash?

Alan Kay, CEng MIEE
 18 July 2012 12:48 PM
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Many members live and work outside London / South East, and therefore don't have regular access to Savoy Place and the marvelous facilities. I suspect that those members will support the IET's initiative here, in getting alternative revenue than increase in fees yet again ! (I hope we will see that "benefit" come December!)

Maybe also consider that it's "holiday season" and I suspect that Savoy Place sees a drop in numbers requiring the facilities at this time.

EUR ING Graham Kenyon CEng MIET TechIOSH
Principal and Proprietor,
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