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ACA aims to 'end bickering' on the ARB

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The Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) has stepped in to the ongoing row over the future of the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

In a move that it hopes will 'end the bickering on the board', it has written to the ODPM to ask it to open a parliamentary investigation into the ARB's conduct.

ACA president Paul Davis told the AJ that the association's chief motivation was to settle the dispute between Ian Salisbury and the other board members.

'The argument has become far too personal, ' he said. 'There are some real issues at stake and I don't think the present debate has helped at all.

'We do not want to get involved in the row. We simply want to find a solution because it is not constructively moving forward at the moment.

'I had supported the principle of what Ian Salisbury was saying, ' he added. 'But there are a lot of people who think he has gone about this the wrong way.'

Davis said the association is also keen to see real changes.

'We know a lot of very talented older architects who are unable to make any contribution to the profession because of the ARB's PII cover demands, ' he said.

Ian Salisbury welcomed news of the ACA's letter and said he too was keen to bring hostilities to a close. 'It is a laudable ambition and I for one would like to emphasise that I have always behaved in a friendly manner to other board members, ' he said.

And ARB registrar Robin Vaughan said he has circulated the ACA letter to board members and he was 'sure it would respond positively'.

The next board meeting, in which the ACA stance will be discussed, is scheduled for today (Thursday).

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