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RTPI past president Ewart Parkinson dies

Words: Laura Edgar

Ewart Parkinson OBE, a past president of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), died on 9 March, aged 88.

Born in Leicester, Parkinson left school at 16 years of age and started work at Leicester City Council. He studied at night school to qualify as a civil engineer.

Writing on the RTPI website, Sue Essex explained that “it was in Wales as a planner that Ewart made his mark”.

Parkinson was city planning officer in Cardiff before taking on the position as the director of environment and planning at South Glamorgan County Council.

Essex said: “He oversaw enormous changes in Cardiff that set the foundation for this city to be the thriving, dynamic and popular place it is now.”

She explained that Parkinson was also “a great supporter and mentor for young people, setting up so many on their career paths and creating lifetime friendships as result.”

Cath Ranson, RTPI immediate past president, said: “Ewart was such an inspiration - one of our 'greats' in Welsh planning, with tremendous achievements to his credit, an impressive international vision, a strategic thinker, public sector leader and shaper of place and, at the same time, so family and community focused.

“Ewart, who was RTPI president the year that I first came into planning, maintained strong links with the Planning Schools in Cardiff and Bristol and was always ready and willing to support and encourage all those with enthusiasm for planning.”


Sue Essex’s full tribute to Parkinson can be found here: Tributes pour in for former President Ewart Parkinson who has died