ADEPT's new president re-imagines the road

04/06/2020
Dominic Browne

New ADEPT president Nigel Riglar has revealed to Highways magazine his presidential theme and priorities for his time in the top chair.

The director of environment and community services at South Gloucestershire Council has chosen 'keep our places extraordinary' as the motto for his stint at the top of the council directors' body.

The phrase covers a range of priorities designed to benefit quality of life, environment, health and resilience but it is the fundamental relationship we have with the network that intrigues him most.

'The issue that is closest to my heart is the interaction between people and place. Really rethinking the relationship between people and place to build consent for new ways of using the highways network,' he told Highways.

A new understanding 

'Together with that reallocation of road space we are seeing recently, we need to build an understanding within our communities to accept a different use of highway estate. In the short-term this is in response to COVID-19 and social distancing needs, but in the longer-term the need is for us to respond to a climate emergency.'

He argued that the lockdown had made people rethink the use of their local place and whether it does what they need it to, enabling a stronger debate around the nature and use of local places.

'I think the challenge is how we start to rethink the quantum of road space and how we share it and access what we need in different ways. Some of it is having a debate about what we need the highways network to do and I think COVID-19 is an interesting lens to look at that through.'

Discussing the COVID-19 response, Mr Riglar said in support of the wider effort 'we as highways authorities have to build the argument and consent for reallocating road space'.

'We have to reallocate away from the car and towards public transport users and cyclists. That is going to be a real challenge this year.'

Immediate and long term

As he laid out his key focus for his year in office, Mr Riglar said an immediate priority was securing funding certainty.

Last week, Highways revealed the concerns within ADEPT around the approaching financial cliff edge for next year, as councils have not been told what cash settlement to expect.

Mr Riglar said councils were in a 'quandary' and colleagues were right to raise concerns.

When asked when the deadline would be for funding notification before damage to asset management plans might be done, he suggested 'in a manner of speaking it is already too late', as without medium to long-term funding councils lose the benefits of best practice asset management.

He added that ADEPT would also keep up the fight against competitive bidding processes.

'Virtually all local highways authorities have very strong asset management processes and if you give us the money we can get on with it but we constantly finding ourselves bidding.'

With a background in environmental science, Mr Riglar is acutely aware of the issues around the climate change agenda.

As part of this, he said he was keen to reduce emissions on the network, help support decarbonisation both within local services themselves and with the way the network is used, and build resilience in the network.

His other key focus is to push the outcomes of ADEPT's Live Labs project - a government funded programme of innovation field testing.

'The Live Labs are exploring and stretching the boundaries of what the local highway network can enable in terms of economic, and community growth and I will be making sure we are getting strong learning coming out from that across the sector.'

Highways jobs

Commercial Vehicle Technician

Chelmsford City Council
£30,000 per annum
We are seeking a fully trained HGV technician to work as part of the team who maintain the Council's fleet to the highest standards.  Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Environmental Protection Officer x2

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£24,313 - £28,785 per annum
You will also be required to undertake a basic DBS check if successful. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Head of Operations

Rossendale Borough Council
£49,408 - £52,899
Our Operations Service is the largest single service at Rossendale Council and one of the most important. Rossendale, Lancashire
Recruiter: Rossendale Borough Council

Business Support Officer - Environmental Health - up to 2 jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£18,795 - £19,171
You will be part of a small team providing business and administrative support in the Environmental Service which is made up of... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Civil Enforcement Officer

Northumberland County Council
£21,589 - £23,836
Civil Enforcement Officers required for Berwick, Morpeth, Blyth and Hexham areas. Berwick, Morpeth, Blyth and Hexham areas
Recruiter: Northumberland County Council

Chief Executive

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
Package to £149k
Seeking applications from impressive, broadspectrum leaders, with a close and agile understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Basingstoke, Hampshire
Recruiter: Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Director, Place & Environment

Walsall Council
Up to £81,647 - £94,208 + benefits
Put your all into Walsall Walsall, West Midlands
Recruiter: Walsall Council

Development Management Engineer

Warwickshire County Council
£37,849 - £39,782 per annum
The successful applicant for this post will be capable of taking the lead on work within... Warwick, Warwickshire
Recruiter: Warwickshire County Council

Highways and Traffic Management Group Manager

Plymouth City Council
£43,662 – £48,497
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to lead a high performing, friendly and dynamic team Highways Team? Plymouth, Devon
Recruiter: Plymouth City Council

Apprentice Gas Heating Engineer

City of York Council
£12,443.89 per annum
You will work within the Heating Team (Building Services) and with other teams to deliver a Heating Repairs Service to the residents of York. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Chair of the Board of Directors - Norwich City Services

Norwich City Council
£10,000 per annum
Join Norwich City Services Ltd and transform the way we look after our city and our people. Norwich, Norfolk
Recruiter: Norwich City Council

2x Environmental Health Officer

Dacorum Borough Council
Up to £42,336
We are seeking to appoint two qualified Environmental Health Officers to work within our Environmental Health Team Dacorum, Hertfordshire
Recruiter: Dacorum Borough Council

Country Parks Trading Officer

Northumberland County Council
£21,589 - £23,836
Countryside Parks Trading Officer Country Parks including Druridge Bay
Recruiter: Northumberland County Council

Support Office (Back Office Systems)

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band E, £25,295- £28,785
An opportunity to develop and manage back office systems for Environmental Protection, Development Control, Environmental Health and Building Control. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recruiter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Head of Environmental Services

City of York Council
Grade 12 Level 1- 4 £49,275 to £59,079 (basic pay plus a supplement up to £59,079)
Want to Live and Work in the Best City? York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Operational Manager - 2 Jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£48,172 - £49,047
This role is based within The Environment Service within the Directorate of Economy and Infrastructure. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Relief Minibus Driver

North Yorkshire County Council
£17,711
We are looking for a caring, flexible and committed person to help us provide this transport. Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Principal Transport Officer (Policy)

St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
£38,813 To £40,760 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic and motivated individual to drive forward transport policy to... St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Traffic Management Leader

City of York Council
£35,500 to £40,710 per annum
City of York Council have an exciting opportunity for an experienced transport professional to lead our Traffic Team. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Traffic Project Officer

City of York Council
£26,875 to £29,783 per annum
City of York Council have a great opportunity for a Projects Officer to join our busy Traffic Team. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

 

ADEPT: Past and present

Highways England: Present and future

Mott MacDonald: Urban realm of the future

View the latest issue

Latest Video