Discontent is growing in the Chartered Institute of Building over structural changes carried out last year.

John Tibbitts, newly elected chairman of the Hertfordshire branch of the CIOB, has written to the president and senior officers describing changes to the constitution as inappropriate.

The letter, obtained by Building, is particularly critical of the fact that no forum exists to allow ordinary members to raise general issues about the direction of the institute.

CIOB chief executive Keith Banbury agreed that the CIOB had failed to explain the changes clearly, but insisted they were necessary to ensure that the institute moved with the times.