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President's Update

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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    I think it’s fair to say that as we look down the barrel of a Covid-19 winter, most of us are concentrating on how to keep our communities safe, our poorest children fed and our businesses, well, in business. It’s been a truly difficult couple of weeks for colleagues up and down the country and we all know it’s not going to get any easier. We also know that we will all continue to work hard to support our communities and places and try to provide the very best public services under continuing exceptional circumstances. 

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  • President update: 14th October

    After much trailing in the media, the Prime Minister finally announced the 3 tier system for local lockdowns on Monday. I think it’s fair to say that these haven’t been received with wholehearted endorsement. Local authorities are facing inconsistencies in how these tiers are being applied across the country. There is some debate whether localised lockdowns are even working and re-emergence of conversations about the North-South divide in terms of economic impacts.

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  • President update: 29th September

    As rising numbers of COVID-19 cases continue across the country and the difficult situation for many students dominates the news, we are also facing the prospect of greater national restrictions. Parliament is concerned over the lack of scrutiny of emergency powers and there are still issues with the track and trace app. For many of us, it might also feel like Groundhog Day, as we continue to wait to find out about Tranche 2 of Active Travel Funding. 

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  • President update: 15th September

    The rising number of coronavirus cases and the R number increasing to between 1 and 1.2 are obviously concerning, particularly in the northern areas of England and the Midlands and have prompted the Government to introduce the new ‘rule of six’ guidance. The Prime Minister’s introduction of Covid Marshalls took many of us by surprise with more details due out this week. One of the most pressing issues for us of course, is how they will be funded.

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  • President update: 1st September

    Managing the reopening of schools to all students has provided many challenges, not only for the Government and schools themselves, but also for place directors. We have been working out how we can ensure pupils can travel to and from schools safely using public transport, which has been a massive issue for ADEPT members, and most keenly felt by those outside more urban areas.

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  • President update: 31st July

    The news has been concerning this week, with the reintroduction of some lockdown measures across areas in the north of England, as well as the requirement to quarantine for travellers returning from Spain. The measures serve to highlight that coming out of lockdown is not an easy process, and with increases in cases across Europe, a reminder of how connected we are with our friends.

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  • President's Update

    Local government yet again finds itself facing an uncertain future with even less certain budgets. There has been much coverage of the Public Accounts Committee report which has outlined risks and issues with increasing commercial investments and borrowing across councils, and how Covid-19 has led to a shortfall in expected income.

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  • President update: 8th July

    It was interesting to listen to the chancellor’s summer statement, which outlined some important new investment that will have an impact on clean and green growth. The investment into infrastructure, the £3bn green jobs plan and the £2bn Green Homes Grant, will all help to drive a green recovery. In particular, retrofitting homes is vital for communities and the wider built environment – it not only reduces carbon emissions, it also builds resilience to future climate change, reduces fuel poverty and improves health.

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  • President update: 1st July

    The Prime Minister’s much trailed announcement of a New Deal wasn’t the once-in-a-generation, green and clean recovery many had hoped for. Some of the funding had been announced before, just with a speeding up of delivery timescales, but investment in broadband and cycleways is welcome. ADEPT would like to see more ambitious thinking from government.

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  • President update: 24th June

    As the Government opens up the economy further and reduces the 2m rule to ‘1m plus’, local high streets begin to see a welcome influx of visitors becoming more confident in returning to town centres, and a slow shift into a more normal life.

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