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Paul Croft   “Tinkers-End”, 181 New Road, Great Wakering, Essex, SS3 0AR.   Tel:(01702) 216218

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I am an ex local government officer and have worked in a number of varied engineering roles for over 30 years.

My formal training was in Civil Engineering and I am a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

I joined Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in the early 1980’s and spent my first 5 years training as a traffic engineer, designing and implementing traffic safety schemes and introducing traffic regulation orders and parking restrictions. I worked a further 7 years in traffic engineering and during this time spent many happy hours out surveying, particularly at weekends, gathering information to allow the design of highway improvement schemes. I then transferred into highway lighting.Paul Croft with GPS Surveying Equipment

In 1996 I transferred into a new section, tasked with installing and running one of the first town centre Closed Circuit Television Security Surveillance Systems in the UK. I worked in a team of three and helped to design and implement what eventually became a £4 million scheme, comprising some 300 cameras, with almost 90 miles of fibre-optic cable spanning three shopping centres and included 2 multi storey car parks, 4 surface car parks and Southend’s famous landmark pleasure pier. In addition to the camera equipment, the scheme also included a state of the art 24 hour control centre, a team of 13 monitoring staff and one of the first fully digital, multi channel video recording systems, with video data being held on an array of hard disc drives. (See a review by Professional Security Magazine here).

Another of my responsibilities was to provide engineering support for the Councils team of special event organisers and one of my annual roles was the Southend air-show site manager, where I managed the ground site during the days of the airshow and was responsible for the build up and dismantling of the infrastructure to enable the air-show to take place - including road closures, temporary office accommodation, security fencing and site setting out.

In 2006 I became fully responsible for the cctv system after my two colleagues retired and I then ran and further expanded it until July 2011,  when I decided, after much thought, to take voluntary redundancy. I therefore left the council after 28 years of service and became self employed.

A chance encounter with an old colleague of mine who was looking for a land surveyor gave me the idea of starting my own surveying business and so, with the help of my wife, PC Surveying Services was born.

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