February 2018
From your ADEPT President
2018 has been a year of ups and downs already. The government published its proposals for the creation of a Major Road Network just two days before Christmas, then early in January the Prime Minister herself launched 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment' (ADEPT response here) which sent a strong political signal. Four days later the giant infrastructure and service provider company Carillion declared bankruptcy (ADEPT comment here), and as I write, Capita is in the news for issuing profit warnings.
      There’s now a veritable stable of government strategies – with more to come; the Waste & Resources, and Air Quality, strategies are due later this year. The test for us as place makers will be how we ‘stitch’ them all together into a coherent whole. Local Industrial Strategies will be a good test of how we manage to do this.
      Planning is now well under way for the ADEPT Annual Dinner & Awards, President’s Meeting and AGM – you may recall we took the decision last year to merge what were three events into one, recognising the time and financial constraints. The Annual Dinner and Awards will take place at Royal Horseguards, One Whitehall on Thursday 3rd May, and the President’s Meeting and AGM will take place at the same venue on Friday 4th May. More details below – and I am delighted to announce Ringway as a key sponsor – I really hope you can make what is a highlight of the ADEPT calendar.
      As always, please do get in touch if you have any queries.

Simon Neilson
ADEPT President 2017/18

Royal Horseguards, One Whitehall, London
3-4 May 2018
Recognising time and budgetary pressures on ADEPT members across the country, we have combined the Annual Dinner and presentation of the President’s Awards with the President’s Meeting and Annual General Meeting. The Annual Dinner and Awards take place on Thursday 3rd May (evening attire), and the President’s Meeting and AGM take place the following day.
To book please visit – and for more details on the awards categories and how to enter, click here.
Parliamentary Round-up
Click here for this month's Parliamentary monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation tracker.

Parliamentary update returns next month.
Brexit updates
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.
We also have a number of sectoral reports on Brexit published by the House of Commons Committee on Exiting the EU. These look at the current EU regulations for each sector, exit frameworks, how trade is currently facilitated and sector views.
The documents may be downloaded here:
Asset Management
Electricity market, including renewables
Environmental services
Oil and fossil fuel production, including gas
Rail, including manufacturing
Road haulage and passenger transport
Technology (ICT) (Digital)

A full list of all the reports/documents produced by the committee can be found here.
The ADEPT Leadership Team has accepted a recommendation to establish a new working group on digital connectivity.
Part of the group's remit will be to support the LGA's Digital Working Group, which will look at how to improve digital connectivity for people in non-metropolitan areas.nIt will be a 'Task and Finish' group focusing on short to medium term delivery of improved broadband and mobile connectivity at the local level. It
will be chaired by Nigel Riglar (Glos CC) and will report to the Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board.
More information about the remit and work of this new group can be found here.
If you are interested in participating, please contact David Dale (ADEPT policy support):, tel. 01452 583561.

ADEPT has a large and active membership, which we are keen to continue growing in order to further increase our expertise and influence.
One of the best ways to promote the benefits of ADEPT membership is
by word of mouth, and this is where you come in!
If you're a current ADEPT member and you recruit a new Local Authority or LEP to ADEPT, you'll qualify for a 50% discount on attendance at this year's Annual Conference in November.

25 YEP
ADEPT response and new working group
The Government launched its 25 Year Environment Plan on 11 January. ADEPT set out its ambitions for the Plan last Autumn – see here.
In an initial response, ADEPT President Simon Neilson welcomed the Plan, but stressed the need for urgency, detail and the political commitment to ensure the policies in it are delivered.The 25YEP is highly relevant to each of the Groups leading the five priority work areas of the ADEPT Environment Board, and each is currently reviewing its implications.
The newest of these Groups is focused on the issues of Natural Capital and Heritage. More detail on its recent progress and future plans can be found here.
If you would like to become involved with the Natural Capital and Heritage Group, please contact its secretary Peter Chamberlain:
Soils & Materials Design & Specification Group
ADEPT’s SMDS Group meets three times a year and holds a one-day summer workshop, where delegates benefit from presentations and discussions on current highways-related technical matters.
The Group includes Local Authority materials and maintenance engineers, specialists from consultants representing LAs who have externalised technical functions, and representatives from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Highways England. This diverse range of experience enables the Group to ensure that specifications, British and European Standards together with SHW and DMRB meet the requirements of the LA highway network. We produce guidance documents for ADEPT members on relevant topics and work closely with other parties such as RSTA with whom we have generated joint publications. More information about the Group and its activities can be found here.
The SMDS Group also has two regional groups (Northern and Southern) which meet twice a year and participate in the SMDS Group's summer workshop. These groups would also welcome new members (see here).
If you are interested in joining the SMDS Group or either of its regional groups, please contact the Chairman Stephen Child: or Secretary Steve Betteridge:
The government has designated 2018 as the Year of Engineering in a bid to prompt more young people to consider a career in this sector.
Hundreds of events are being organised across the country by museums, schools, engineering institutions, businesses and others. ADEPT has registered as a partner for this initiative.
Full details can be found here and the calendar of events is here.
NIC 'Roads for the Future' competition
The National Infrastructure Commission has launched a new innovation prize, for ideas on how to deliver a world-class road network in the UK ready for connected and autonomous vehicles.
Up to £150,000 will be available for five feasibility study projects, and the best completed project will be awarded an additional £50,000.The competition covers three broad themes:
  • Road design, including road-related infrastructure
  • Traffic management
  • Road rules and regulations
Registration for the competition closes on 7 March and the deadline for entries is 14 March 2018. Full details can be found here.
2018 ALARM survey – extended deadline
The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey (ALARM), developed by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), aims to take a snapshot of the general condition of the local road network across England and Wales. It is widely respected as an authoritative and comprehensive study into local road maintenance funding and condition.
The deadline for the 2018 ALARM survey has been extended to Wednesday 14 February. Do take part if you can to ensure its findings paint an accurate picture. 
More details can be found here, or contact the AIA:, 020 7222 0136.
PTRC courses discount
ADEPT members qualify for a discount on courses run by PTRC Education and Research Services Ltd (part of CILT). PTRC specialise in training on all matters relating to transport and transport planning.
There is a separate multiple booking discount for two or more participants.
See here for a list of forthcoming courses and booking details.
ADEPT meeting updates
Below are links to reports from the following Boards/Working Groups which have met since the last newsletter was issued at the beginning of December:
  • South East Board (update here)
  • Environment Board (update here)
  • Flood & Water Management Group (update here)
  • Natural Capital & Heritage Group (update here)
The Transport and Engineering Boards and the Waste Group have also held meetings and their reports should be available from the ADEPT website shortly.
Listed below are some forthcoming external events which may be of interest to ADEPT members.
To suggest events for inclusion in future newsletters, please email:

**ADEPT sponsored event**
Delivering Successful Local Communities: Enabling growth and productivity through more effective community strategies
Birmingham, 28 February 2018

ADEPT are partners in promoting this one-day conference which aims to provide knowledge, best practice, advice and outcomes for those responsible for improving communities and boosting local economies.
More information can be found here and the full programme and registration details are here.
The road ahead for potholes and highway investment
London, 28 February
Years of austerity have taken their toll on road maintenance budgets – there is now a £12bn backlog of road repairs which could take 12 years to clear. This one-day conference will examine the latest developments for council road maintenance and road building.
Full details can be found here including booking discount for LGA members.
Natural Capital Investment Conference
London, 1 March
This one-day conference on ‘green finance’ aims to help organisations take steps towards attracting new mixes of investment for the creation or enhancement of natural features in the UK based on their economic value to business and wider society. Speakers include Dr Bevis Watts (Triodos Bank UK), Shirley Trundle CBE (Defra) and Tony Juniper CBE (WWF).
Full details can be found here and there is a discounted rate for local authorities.
CIHT Annual Conference 2018
‘Highways: Change, Innovation and the Future’

London, 8 March

The annual conference of the Chartered Institution for Highways and Transportation will address how innovation is changing the highways sector and how the sector will develop in the future.
Speakers include Roy Brannen (Transport Scotland), Elliot Shaw (Highways England) and leading industry representatives.
Full details and booking information can be found here.
Telford, 20-22 March
This major exhibition and conference convened by the Environment Agency is designed to advance the debate about flood and coastal erosion risk, resilience and response. The event brings together government bodies, local authorities, business, major infrastructure/asset managers and affected communities.
The three-day programme of workshops, presentations and panel sessions will feature more than 150 speakers alongside over 80 exhibitors from across the supply chain.
More details and booking information can be found here.
Transport Knowledge Hub regional events
The Transport Knowledge Hub is hosting a series of regional events to build closer connections with Local Authorities, LEPs, transport providers and other key local decision-makers around the country.
Events in Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Milton Keynes and Bristol are scheduled to take place during March. Speakers will include lead transport operators, key regional players and representatives from Highways England and Network Rail. 
For more details or to register, visit the TKH website here.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
The following ADEPT meetings take place this month:
  • South West Board – 6 February
  • Asset Management Group – 6 February
  • Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board – 9 February
  • National Bridges Group – 13 February
  • National Street Lighting Group – 15 February
  • Leadership Team meeting – 16 February
The Events Calendar on the ADEPT website lists all forthcoming Board, Working Group and Leadership Team meetings. To get an event listed, please contact
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