September 2018
  • From your ADEPT President
  • Management/membership updates
  • ADEPT Autumn Conference – BOOK NOW
  • Parliamentary Round-up: View from Westminster, Consultation Tracker & Parliamentary Monitoring 
  • ADEPT SMART Places Research Programme: open for applications till 21 September
  • New ADEPT Policy Positions launched: Industrial Strategy and Housing
  • Defra consultations: ADEPT responses
  • Introducing the new ADEPT Digital Connectivity Working Group
  • ADEPT Impact assessment study now under way
  • Visit ADEPT at Highways UK 2018
  • County Surveyors' Society Wales 
  • Brexit update
  • ADEPT and Proving Services: exciting new initiative – new research clubs for place-based services
  • Advertise job vacancies on ADEPT website
  • Consumer Council for Water: support with water bills
  • ADEPT meeting updates
    • HTMA-FHRC joint conference 
    • MOVE 2019 
    • Big Green Event Expo 
    • EU Infrastructure spending post-Brexit
    • Reducing plastic waste seminar
  • Upcoming ADEPT meetings
From your ADEPT President
I hope this finds you refreshed from your summer holidays, ready for a busy autumn… or perhaps like me, any fond notion you may have had of a quieter couple of months faded fast!
      I had a number of ADEPT meetings, including one with the Transport Minister, Jesse Norman. This was to discuss the SMART Places research project, where he confirmed that DfT would be providing up to £25million over the next two years to fund up to six local authorities bringing digital innovation and technology to local highways. This is an incredibly exciting initiative, and we published the Live Labs prospectus a couple of weeks ago. I really hope you will submit an application (deadline 21 September), particularly as all that is required is a short Expression of Interest – see the separate item below. 
      I attended the Environment Board meeting, where we discussed air quality issues and delivery of the 25 Year Environment Plan. Homes England attended the Leadership Team meeting to discuss areas of mutual interest and possible collaboration. I met with Mark Lloyd and Ian Hughes of the LGA where we discussed potential joint working on SR18 and the Shared Prosperity Fund, and I presented at the SCOTS summer meeting. The Transport (Scotland) Bill could have some interesting implications for England, so one to watch.
      Finally – Cllr Martin Tett (Chair of LGA Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport Board) and I sent a joint letter to the Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick, outlining our concerns in relation to the suggestion of an incineration tax. We suggested that such a tax would have major implications for local authorities and their communities, but above all, would be ineffective and is unnecessary. We raised the issue with the Director General of Defra at our recent meeting, and will continue the dialogue in the lead-up to the publication of the Government's Resources & Waste Strategy.
      All in all – a busy summer, with an even busier autumn ahead. We have now confirmed all the speakers for the Autumn Conference, so please do book your place now.

Neil Gibson
ADEPT President 2018/19

There have been a few changes to the Leadership Team:
  • Nigel Riglar has stepped down as chair of the South West Board, Anthony Payne has stepped into the role ( Nigel remains on the Leadership Team as 1st Vice President. See here for the current management structure chart.
  • Parvis Khansari has stepped down as chair of the Engineering Board, ably replaced by Mark Stevens ( Our thanks to Parvis for his many years in the role.
We’d like to pass on our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to Richard Wills, who retires from Lincolnshire County Council at the end of September. Richard has been involved with ADEPT and its predecessor, the County Surveyors Society, for many years and was President in 2007/08.
Welcome to the following local authorities which have recently joined ADEPT: Cheshire East Council, Cumbria County CouncilHerefordshire Council and Sandwell MBC. In addition, the West of England Combined Authority and Enterprise M3 LEP have joined. This means ADEPT now has 72 local authority members, and through our associated membership with the London Environment Directors Network, 28 of the 32 London Boroughs. For the current LA membership list and map, see here.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester
22nd & 23rd November 2018
Bookings are open for this year's conference, with the theme ‘Shaping Places for Thriving Communities’.
Last year's conference focused on ADEPT’s core purpose – being first for place and fit for the future; this year we look at how we actually create those places by delivering sustainable growth for thriving communities.
We have an exciting line-up of speakers including:
  • Nathan Baker, Institution of Civil Engineers: The Year of the Engineer
  • Nick Burkitt, Department for Exiting the EU: Prospects and priorities for the UK
  • Adrian Brown, Berkeley Group: Delivering quality alongside quantity of housing
  • Graham Pendlebury, DfT, and Tom Kelly, HS2: Delivering successful, sustainable infrastructure
Plus workshopsplenaries – an LEP Network-led session
Directors' Dragons' Den and much more. 
Find more details here and book your place here.

With thanks to our generous sponsors:
Ringway (headline sponsor), Kier (conference dinner sponsor), Amey (workshop sponsor), WSP (workshop sponsor), Atkins SNC-Lavalin (associate sponsor), Volker Highways (associate sponsor)
Parliamentary Round-up
To read the latest 'View from Westminster' please click here.
Click here for this month's Parliamentary Monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation Tracker. To read recent ADEPT responses, see Defra Consultations below.
ADEPT SMART Places Research Programme:
open for applications
ADEPT members are invited to submit applications to a £25 million project, designed to bring digital innovation to local roads.
Funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), the ADEPT SMART Places Research Programme has been developed in partnership with Atkins, EY, Kier, Ringway and Telefonica. Digital innovation has the potential to revolutionise our highways, but so far the focus has been on the national road network; the ADEPT programme will bring this innovation to local highways.
Three prototype projects have been created: to harness the power of data, develop a knowledge aggregator or run ‘live labs’ on local roads. 
New and existing ADEPT local authority members are invited to submit applications for the project, beginning with a short Expression of Interest. The deadline is noon, Friday 21 September.
For more information see the prospectus: Smart Local Highways & AV Live Labs or email
ADEPT has launched new policy positions on Housing and the Industrial Strategy, building on discussions at the Spring Conference in May. These are part of a series of policy documents that are being produced to set out ADEPT's views on key issues.
Look out for further new policy positions on Waste and Highways Maintenance due to be launched this autumn.
For more information contact David Dale, ADEPT policy support officer:
ADEPT has responded to two recent Defra consultations. Click on the links for more information:
  • Defra consultation on Clean Air Strategy – response here
  • Defra consultation on Environmental Principles & Governance post-Brexit – response here
is now up and running and an update on its work can be found here.
The Group is particularly keen to hear from councils about the Government's fibre to new builds policy and the recent Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review.
To share your experiences/issues or for more information about the work of the Group please contact the Chair, Nigel Riglar:
(or from October 22
This is a timely moment for ADEPT to assess its impact – it’s ten years since the concept of ADEPT was developed, and eight years since it was formally established in 2010. At the same time, continued financial pressures mean that existing and potential ADEPT members scrutinise the value they get from membership of organisations like ours.
We have commissioned Shared Intelligence to investigate the extent to which the Association is achieving its objectives, how it is perceived by those we seek to work with and influence, and members’ recognition of the work we do and satisfaction with the mechanisms for member engagement and the Association generally. They will be interviewing a random selection of members (LA, LEP and Corporate Partner), external stakeholders and also some non-members (LA and LEP).
Phil Swann will present provisional findings at the ADEPT Autumn Conference, which offers an opportunity to all to input. We hope you are able and happy to participate. Any queries, please contact Hannah Bartram, Chief Operating Officer:
NEC, Birmingham, 7-8 November
ADEPT and its members will be well represented at this year’s Highways UK event.
We are hosting the ADEPT Hub – a pavilion to showcase our activities and a space to network and engage the wider highways sector on issues that concern us.
We are also leading on key elements within the conference programme, including:
  • a session in the main theatre on future-proofing local authority roads
  • briefing sessions on the soon to be released ADEPT/DfT briefing note on potholes
  • an update on the SMART local highways & AV live labs initiative launched in August
All these activities are scheduled for 8 November and sit alongside contributions from HTMA and LGTAG, providing a strong local and regional road network focus.  
Attendance is free – for more details click here and to register click here.
ADEPT maintains close relations with the County Surveyors' Society Wales.
CSS Wales nominates a representative to sit on the ADEPT Leadership Team – currently Mike Roberts of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Mike has provided a short overview of CSS Wales and its relationship with ADEPT; to read it click here.
Brexit update
Buckinghamshire County Council kindly share with us their monthly round-up of policy documents, research and publications about Brexit. You can read the latest round-up here.
ADEPT joins forces with Proving Services 
Some members will be aware of the Future Highways Research Club (FHRC), run by Proving Services, which brings together local highways authorities to debate, develop, test and disseminate innovative solutions in the highways sector. ADEPT and Proving Services are to launch an exclusive partnership which:
  • further develops the membership and work of the FHRC
  • applies a similar approach in forming and delivering research and benchmarking clubs for Waste & Recycling and Culture, Heritage & Tourism
  • benchmarks individual organisational VfM performance and opportunities for improvement against those of a peer group
This is a really exciting initiative – only available to ADEPT members– more details to follow soon! There’s also a workshop on the FHRC at the ADEPT Autumn Conference.
Advertise your job vacancies on the ADEPT website
ADEPT members can advertise relevant jobs on the Association's website free of charge.
You can upload information about job vacancies here using your ADEPT username and password.
If you're not a member of ADEPT but would like to advertise a post, please email Hannah Bartram, Chief Operating Officer, in the first instance.
Cllr Rob Light from Kirklees Council is a member of both the LGA Board and the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater). In a recent article in First magazine, he outlines the support CCWater offers to help councillors aid residents who are having difficult paying their water bills.
Click here to read the article or visit
ADEPT meeting updates
July was a busy month with meetings of the following Boards/Working Groups:
  • Environment Board (update here)
  • South West Board (update here)
  • Flood & Water Management Group (update here)
  • Soils and Materials Design & Specification Group (update here)
  • National Rights of Way Managers Group (update here)
We also have reports from two groups that met at the end of June:
  • Waste Group (update here)
  • Digital Connectivity Group (update here)
The Energy Working Group, Traffic & Safety Working Group and Transport Board also met in June/July and their updates will be included in the next newsletter.
Below are details of some external events which may be of interest to ADEPT members.
To suggest events for inclusion in future newsletters, please email:
Hilton Hotel, Birmingham, 18 October 2018
This is the first HTMA Innovate & Develop Event – The Asset Evolution – in partnership with the Future Highways Research Club (FHRC). 
  • An opportunity to hear about the dynamic range of new models and innovative thinking around highways service funding and delivery, which are being scoped by highway authorities that constitute the FHRC.
  • Presentations and discussions will look at the practicalities of such ideas, where they merge with established provider practice, or where both may have to adapt or change to ensure effective and efficient highways maintenance and management.
You can find more information and book your tickets here.
If you have any problems or queries please email Joan Roemmele at HTMA.
MOVE 2019
London ExCeL, 12- 13 February
MOVE is the world’s most important urban mobility event, where visionaries and disruptive technology meet to drive the future of transport. 
A comprehensive and cross-modal conference experience covering everything from Mobility as a Service to Smart Cities, Urban Supply Chain, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Auto Futures, Batteries & Charging, Construction & Smart Infrastructure, Roads & Highways, AI & Analytics, IoT, Business Models and more.
– 388 speakers, 280 sessions, 8 conference streams, 120 exhibitors, 2,500 attendees –
 15% discount on 2-day conference pass to ADEPT members
For more information and bookings click here
ADEPT has 2 free tickets for this event – email
First come, first served!
The Big Green Event Expo
Southampton, 2 October 2018
A well-rounded look at Environmental and Facilities Management, as well as Corporate and Social Responsibility. Keynote speakers will include the VP of the British Plastics Association, Suez Recycling and Recovery UK and IEMA.
Information and bookings here.
EU Infrastructure Funding Post-Brexit
London, 3 October 2018
Changes in Funding and Developing Successful Infrastructure Programmes
An invaluable opportunity for authorities and stakeholders to ease uncertainty and strengthen their understanding of the implications, risks and opportunities for local and regional infrastructure funding and development post Brexit.
Information here and bookings here.
Reducing plastic waste:
Innovation, incentives and options for policy

London, 6 December 2018
A seminar focusing on Government plans for reducing the amount of plastic waste in the UK, including discussion on the environmental implications of continued plastic pollution.
Speakers include Sandy Luk from the Marine Conservation Society, Dr Colin Church (Chartered Institution of Waste Management) and Dr Liz Goodwin, London Waste and Recycling Board.
Information here and bookings here.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
The following meetings are scheduled for September:
  • Waste Group – 19 September
  • National Street Lighting Group – 20 September
  • Leadership Team meeting – 20 September
  • Midlands Board – 25 September
Check for regular updates on the Events Calendar which lists all forthcoming Board, Working Group and Leadership Team meetings.
To have an event listed, please contact
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