Allow me to explain. One of the dubious pleasures of my job is to get a frantic phone call about some or other drainage problem that that I need to solve urgently. Oftentimes these unhappy circumstances arise as a direct result of brainless town planning. The trouble is that a lot of town planners are incapable of thinking in three dimensions. The remainder are incapable of thinking at all.
However, instead of seeking a town planning solution to a town planning problem, many local authorities prefer to ask an engineer to try and sort it out. Unfortunately, applying an engineering solution to a town planning cock-up is a bit like trying to empty a swimming pool with a rubber glove: it may be possible, but it’s laborious, time-consuming and vaguely ludicrous.
If you know any town planners, please ask them to commit suicide. I would be most grateful.