October 2018
  • From your ADEPT President
  • ADEPT in the news
  • ADEPT Autumn Conference – Transport Minister confirmed as speaker
  • ADEPT 'Live Labs' project – update
  • Richard Wills: farewell and thank you
  • ADEPT launches exclusive new partnership with Proving Services
  • Transport Select Committee inquiry on local roads: ADEPT response
  • Highways UK 2018: Visit the ADEPT hub 
  • Parliamentary Round-up: View from Westminster, Consultation Tracker & Parliamentary Monitoring 
  • Job vacancies on the ADEPT website
  • ADEPT meeting updates
    • Big Green Event Expo 
    • EU Infrastructure spending post-Brexit
    • LGA conference – The need for speed: Increasing build out rates for new homes
    • HTMA-FHRC joint conference 
    • 'Introduction to R' – RAC Foundation/Highways England training course
    • Reducing plastic waste seminar
    • MOVE 2019 
  • Upcoming ADEPT meetings
From your ADEPT President
A key focus in September was the SMART Places research programme. We received 28 Expressions of Interest for the ‘Live Labs’ project – a fantastic response, and way beyond our expectations. The consequence has been the need to review how to proceed – more on this below.
      I also met with the lead officers from the Sub-national Transport Bodies, to discuss the regional data platforms project. They are keen to be involved, and our consultants are now working with each of them to scope out the opportunities.
      We’ve been focusing on finalising the details of an exciting new initiative with Proving Services. This exclusive partnership offers membership of best practice research clubs and benchmarking services to ADEPT local authority members, including access to a range of software toolkits, best practice and unique, evidence-based research for free or at a significantly reduced price. More detail below.
      Other news: I met with the Local Energy Director at BEIS to discuss the role / influence of local authorities. The Leadership Team did a ‘deep dive’ into the work of the Environment Board and also heard from the London Environment Directors Network. 1st VP Nigel Riglar and COO Hannah Bartram visited Northern Ireland to meet with the Department for Infrastructure and local authorities to discuss how we might work more closely together. The team is working hard to prepare for Highways UK (7/8 Nov) – we’ve got a stand and have organised a series of short ‘bird table’ presentations – plus of course the ADEPT Autumn Conference (22/23 Nov) with the Transport Minister confirmed to speak. More detail below on both of these events – book your place now!
      As always, please do get in touch if you have any comments or concerns.

Neil Gibson
ADEPT President 2018/19

ADEPT is featured regularly in the press and news media. A couple of recent examples:
  • Hannah Bartram, ADEPT Chief Operating Officer, interviewed in Highways magazine (here)
  • Parvis Khansari, until recently chair of ADEPT'S Engineering Board, on the new national code of practice 'Well-managed highway infrastructure' (here)
Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester
22nd & 23rd November 2018
Shaping Places for Thriving Communities’
Only seven weeks to go until our Autumn Conference and we're really excited to confirm that the Transport Minister, Jesse Norman MP, has accepted our invitation to attend as guest of honour.
This headlines a packed programme that includes plenaries, workshops, a Directors’ Dragons’ Den and speakers such as: 
  • Tom Walker, Homes England: Delivering new homes in the right place at the right cost: meeting the Government’s ambitions (plenary)
  • Chris Preston, Defra & Ian Edser, Amey: The circular economy (workshop)
  • Christine Gaskell, Cheshire Warrington LEP: private and public sectors driving ambitious place-based industrial strategies (plenary) 
More details and the full programme can be found here and you can book your place here.
With thanks to our generous sponsorsRingwayKierAmey, WSPAtkins SNC-Lavalin, and Volker Highways
Applications for ADEPT's 'Live Labs' project, designed to bring digital innovation to local roads, closed on 21 September.
We were delighted to receive 28 bids, a healthy indicator of the levels of interest in testing new and innovative technologies on local roads. However, it has meant we have had to rethink the assessment process. Our initial plan had been to send all Expressions of Interest to the Dragons’ Den on 22 October. This is no longer viable. As such, we have agreed with DfT a slightly different process which, whilst longer in time, will allow for the creation of the best and most ambitious pitches to the ‘Dragons’:
  • All 28 bids will now be reviewed by an independent assessor. The aim is to identify 10-12 bids that will then proceed on to the Dragons’ Den. All applicants will receive feedback; in addition, those proceeding to the Dragons’ Den will be able to access additional support from WSP.
  • The Dragons’ Den will take place during w/c 5 November.
  • The 5-6 finalists will be announced by the Transport Minister, Jesse Norman MP, at the ADEPT Autumn Conference on 22 November.
Any queries, please contact Hannah Bartram:
Richard Wills: farewell and thank you
Richard Wills, Executive Director Environment and Economy at Lincolnshire County Council, retired on 30 September after 44 years of local government service. He played a key role in the evolution of the County Surveyors Society into ADEPT and was President in 2007/08.
Richard is one of the longest standing Directors and members of ADEPT and was instrumental in developing the Place agenda.  A Fellow of the ICE and IHE, he has also been an ICE reviewer and was presented with a special achievement award by the ICE East Midlands in 2014 for his sustained contribution to civil engineering.
Richard will be missed by colleagues and partners but he will no doubt keep in contact via the Past Presidents' circle, of which he is a member.
ADEPT would like to send best wishes to Richard and his wife Jane in his retirement with a huge thank you to him for all his work and support over the years.
Richard is seen being presented with a Certificate of Achievement on behalf of ADEPT from Steve Willis, Chief Operating Officer at Lincolnshire County Council. 

ADEPT launches exclusive new partnership
with Proving Services

ADEPT and Proving Services have announced an exciting new partnership, offering a number of exclusive benefits to ADEPT local authority members.
The exclusive collaboration will enable ADEPT LA members to freely access the findings, analytical tools, datasets and thought leadership generated by best practice research clubs co-ordinated by Proving Services.
A key aim is to give ADEPT LA members the chance to support strategic transformation, drive the implementation of sector-based innovation and deploy continuous value for money improvements. In addition, they will be able to access Proving’s value for money benchmarking services at a considerably reduced rate.
Benefits include:

  • Software toolkits & research
  • Influence
  • Research Clubs – highways, waste & recycling, culture, heritage & tourism
  • Complimentary annual conference ticket
  • Significant financial savings on benchmarking assessments

Further information, including full details on membership, the benefits of the new partnership and FAQs, can be found here

Transport Select Committee inquiry
ADEPT has just responded to the Transport Select Committee inquiry into local roads funding and governance. The response can be found here. In summary:
  • We all need local roads – but they must be properly maintained so that we can use them safely, reliably and efficiently. However, Government funding for this is wholly inadequate and a £9.3bn repairs backlog exists.
  • Local roads are a significant national asset that need long-term management and investment. The current funding system for local roads infrastructure is broken, with multiple uncoordinated funding streams and short-term handouts providing an uneconomic model.
  • Councils and the Department for Transport (DfT) have made good progress with developing an asset management approach, but more needs to be done if we are to get away from the wasteful use of resources spent on filling potholes and other reactive work.
  • New technology and digital innovation offer new opportunities such as early identification of highways defects, innovative ways of repairing them, and exploiting digital data about highways condition and traffic patterns. We need a strategic approach to stimulating innovation and investing in the roll-out of best practice.
For more information contact Mark Stevens, chair of the ADEPT Engineering Board:
NEC, Birmingham, 7-8 November
ADEPT is delighted to be hosting the first Local Authority Hub at this year's Highways UK.
As one of four dedicated hubs focusing on the strategic, regional, local, and urban aspects of highways, we welcome this as an essential addition to the established Highways UK programme. 
The ADEPT Hub will showcase the great work being undertaken by ADEPT members as they improve our local highway network in the context of place-based services.  
We’ll also be hosting essential policy and guidance updates affecting Local Highway Authorities, over themed breakfast and lunch sessions across the two days. 
With recommendation 5 from the DfT Local Transport Data Discovery being to: ‘Improve collaboration between local authorities, Highways England, and the private sector’, the presence of your local authority voice at this year’s Highways UK is a positive step in addressing that. 
Attendance is free, but please register here. You can view the full programme here.
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.
Brexit update
There's no Brexit update this time due to annual leave commitments but this regular item will be back next month.
Don't forget to check our new Jobs page on the ADEPT website.
Several organisations have already posted vacancies, and ADEPT members can advertise relevant jobs free of charge. If you wish to advertise a post please send details to
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.
ADEPT meeting updates
The following Boards/Working Groups met during September:
  • Environment Board (here) – including LT 'deep dive' (here)
  • Waste Group (update here)
  • National Street Lighting Group (update here)
We hope to bring you updates in the next newsletter from the following Boards/ Working Groups which have also met recently:
  • Midlands Board
  • Transport Board
  • Traffic & Safety Working Group 
  • Energy Working Group 
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:
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.
The need for speed: Increasing build out rates for new homes
London, 11 October 2018
This free LGA conference will examine distinctive projects and innovative practices that are being used by councils and their partners to speed up the delivery and build-out of housing. 
With experts from local government, the development industry and others, it will look at the role councils can play to proactively speed up the build-out of planning permissions and accelerate housing delivery in their areas.
More details and booking information here.
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.
RAC Foundation & Highways England
University of Leeds, 15-16 November 2018
A two-day training course run by Dr Robin Lovelace with a special focus on highways data, including STATS19 and the RAC Foundation’s oneminutetrafficdata R package.
The RAC Foundation is offering a number of free places to analysts whose work is in line with the charitable goals of the Foundation, namely: to promote for the public benefit research into the environmental, economic, mobility and safety issues relating to roads and road users. Preference will be given to those in local government, NGOs, charities and small consultancies.
If you'd like to be considered for a free place, please email with your name, role, organisation and a link to your LinkedIn page.
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.
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!
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
The following meetings are scheduled for October:
  • Engineering Board – 5 October
  • National Traffic Managers Forum – 9 October
  • Flood & Water Management Group – 9 October
  • National Rights of Way Managers Group – 11 October
  • South East Board – 12 October
  • South West Board – 16 October
  • Environment Board – 25 October
  • Joint ADEPT/UKRLG Asset Management Board – 25 October
  • Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board – 26 October
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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