ADEPT reflects on success as Neilson hands over to Gibson


Directors’ body ADEPT has recognised the achievements of councils in the world of place at its Annual Dinner and President’s Awards.

The evening, which took place in London last week, included awards in three categories: Places that work for People; Digital Innovation and Technology; and Improving the Environment, Promoting Health.

Simon Neilson

Simon Neilson, whose term as ADEPT president came to an end after the event, presented the awards. He has been succeeded by Neil Gibson, executive director, transport economy environment at Buckinghamshire County Council.

Mr Neilson said: ‘The ADEPT President’s Awards are a chance to celebrate achievements and to recognise the wide range of projects that our members undertake.

‘This year we received more entries than ever before, and of an excellent quality. I think it’s really important for us to reflect on the successful programmes that local authorities and their partners deliver year after year, and to help share best practice. The awards are a key means for us to do this.”

The Places that Work for People category, sponsored by WSP, recognises improvements that make a difference to local residents’ quality of life.

Nottinghamshire CC, in partnership with D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, won for their successful two-year project, which aimed to reduce the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Walsall Council, where Mr Neilson is executive director - economy and environment, was highly commended for its Goscote Greenacres Community Gardens project, which supports adults with disabilities in the local community.

The award for Digital Innovation and Technology, sponsored by Ringway, was given to Suffolk County Council for its ‘Internet of Things Technologies’ in partnership with Telensa and BT. The collaborative project used real-time traffic data to control street lighting intensity at night, delivering energy savings of 30%.

Neil Gibson

Thurrock Council was highly commended runners up for the pothole-spotter trial, being run in partnership with Wiltshire Council, City of York Council, the Department for Transport, SOENECS and Gaist.

Hertfordshire CC was successful in the Improving the Environment, Promoting Health category for their Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group project.

The multi-task project saw a reduction of over 2,000 reported incidents through delivery of training, installation of specialist cameras and highly successful social media campaigns.

North Yorkshire CC was joint runner-up in the Improving the Environment, Promoting Health category for its ‘Discoveries on your Doorstep’ trails, which addressed inactivity, obesity and mental health by encouraging locals to use public rights of way as a community health asset.

Kent CC was also highly commended for its ‘Low Carbon across the South East’ project, which aimed to improve the competitiveness in the industry whilst protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions.

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