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This blog page features updates from ADEPT's President, Mark Kemp.

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President update 1st August - latest news from ADEPT

The biggest and most exciting ADEPT news this month is of course the launch of Live Labs 2! We have been working closely with the Department for Transport to bring the finer details of the programme together. We hope that ADEPT members have been spreading the word and that you are all considering your applications!  More information below.

Live Labs 2

ADEPT Live Labs 2: Decarbonisation of Local Roads in the UK is ADEPT’s new DfT-funded £30million programme to develop innovation across highways infrastructure and assets. Unlike Live Labs 1, this is a three year programme open to applications from across the UK. Once again, we are looking for ambitious local-authority led partnerships with the private sector, SMEs and academia that will trial new approaches to decarbonisation across the construction, operations, maintenance, and decommissioning phases of the local roads’ life cycle. All the information you need is in the ADEPT Live Labs 2: Decarbonisation of Local Roads in the UK prospectus. For more information, please email [email protected]. You can also read the press release.

Blueprint Coalition

ADEPT is an integral member of the Blueprint Coalition, a group of local government, environmental, and research organisations. This month the Coalition have published an updated summary document to their original Blueprint document and the Blueprint Coalition Position on Levelling Up. The Coalition set out how failing to embed climate and nature recovery into the levelling up agenda is not only a missed opportunity, but also compromises the health, wellbeing, pride of place, education, housing, transport and skills core missions. Read the press release for more information. The Coalition has also provided written evidence to the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill Committee with the same key messages.

ADEPT working with government

This week, we will be issuing a survey on inflation, supply chain issues and labour shortages on behalf of DfT. This will be a regular survey and we would appreciate your support in providing this vital information.

Working with Defra, ADEPT and the Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE) have published a Survey of local planning authorities and their ability to deliver biodiversity net gain in England. The Environment Board recently welcomed Defra to a meeting, where they provided an update on the development of the Third National Adaptation Programme (NAP3) and on Nature Skills from the Green Finance & Green Recovery Division. The Board also welcomed the Office for Environmental Protection who provided an update on the Taking Stock report. This month we have also published the ADEPT response to Defra’s Consultation on preventing charges for DIY waste at household waste recycling centres.

Other news

Hannah and myself have been meeting with our corporate partners. Our partners are a valuable part of ADEPT so hearing from them how they thing we are developing and what they would like to see is always useful. We have also had our annual meeting with the President of LEDNet and had a really productive meeting with the new Chair of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.

The Excellence in Place Leadership Programme (EiPL), which this year has been focused on the levelling up agenda, has just published its summary on session 3 - Establishing collaborative partnerships are key to successfully delivering levelling up. James Crosbie, Assistant Director of Planning, Transport & Public Protection, Reading Borough Council provides the accompanying blog. The EiPL team will also be running the next Lunch & Learn Session on 23rd September. Find out more about The Levelling Up Challenge – transforming the tensions between productivity, prosperity and people across the UK here.

In a departure from our normal Climate Change blog this month, we have a piece from Dean Sargeant, Director - Neighbourhood & Enforcement Services, Telford & Wrekin Council, which has just been named MJ Council of the Year 2022.

For those of you about to embark on summer leave, I hope you have a well earnt break!

As ever you can find out more about ADEPT’s latest news, publications and the work of our boards and groups on the website: https://www.adeptnet.org.uk.


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Mark Kemp, President of ADEPT

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  • President update - 14th April

    Welcome back from the Easter break everyone, I hope you have all managed to enjoy some well needed time off.

    I wanted to start this blog by taking a brief moment to acknowledge Prince Philip’s passing and his many long years of service. On behalf of ADEPT, I would like to offer our deepest condolences to the Queen and the Royal Family.

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  • President update: 31st March

    This week we begin our path out of lockdown, with people being able to meet up with other households within existing guidelines. With some welcome sunshine and the clocks going forward, there is a sense of relief in the country, albeit with some wariness about how Europe’s third wave might affect the UK.

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  • President update: 15th March

    The continued roll out of the vaccine and the drop in numbers of infections and deaths due to Covid-19 continues to be good news in what has been a hard start to 2021. The winter lockdown has been difficult for everyone and although it will be good to see restrictions lift, I think we are all mindful of Professor Chris Whitty’s warning and the continued need to support colleagues in public health.

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  • President update: 2nd March

    It has been reassuring to see the Government take a more measured route out of lockdown based on data. Although there is inevitable discussion and disagreement about the approach to schools reopening and concern amongst business and the tourism industry, it is useful to have some degree of certainty on the route forward. All eyes are now on the Budget, where the Chancellor is expected to announce a continuation of support for business, the furlough scheme and other job support schemes, at least in the short term.

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  • President update: 17th February

    The success of the NHS vaccine rollout has been most welcome amidst all the grim news, ongoing restrictions and winter weather. Unfortunately. it has also brought with it increased speculation and leaks to media about how we get out of lockdown and how soon - the kind of mixed messaging that helps no-one. So far, all it seems to be is speculation, and the Prime Minister is certainly indicating that by taking it slowly, this could be our last lockdown.

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  • President update: 1st February

    I think I can speak for everyone when I say how the recent news about the UK’s COVID-19 deaths have saddened us all. We have all taken a moment, I am sure, to reflect on the people whose lives have been shortened and families who have been devastated by losing loved ones.

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  • President update: 20th January

    A belated Happy New Year!

    For many of us, I suspect 2021 couldn’t come fast enough. Although we can be forgiven for the ‘Groundhog Day’ feeling of finding ourselves in another national lockdown, the vaccine rollout shows us that there is an end in sight. I think we all accept that this will take some time and that we will still be working hard to maintain core services, but at least we are no longer wondering whether it will end at all.

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  • President update: 18th December

    Christmas is going to look very different for most people this year, but even so, it feels something of a relief to be coming to the end of 2020. Although there is plenty of work and more challenges ahead, and it is certainly not a time to be letting our guards down, I think we will all be glad to get this year behind us.

    I think ADEPT members can look back on a year that has been one of the hardest we have known, but also one where we can really say we have stepped up to do what we do best: support and advocate for our places, communities and people.

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  • President update: 30th November

    As I write, the Government has announced the local restriction tier system that will replace the national lockdown from December 2nd. With very few exceptions, we will be continuing to live with many restrictions in Tier 2 and Tier 3, which means a continued need to provide meaningful support to our businesses and communities.

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  • President update: 10th November

    The election of Joe Biden has come at the end of a tumultuous week for global leaders. Covid numbers are rising across the UK, Europe and US, and in England, we find ourselves in a second national lockdown and diverging ever more from the timings and strategies deployed in the devolved nations. Hopes for breaking the lockdown and lift cycle seem to be firmly pinned on a successful vaccine.

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