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Midlands Service Improvement Group

Winter 2017 Bulletin

 

Dear MSIG members,

 

Thanks once again to all those of you who have taken the time to attend the MSIG task group meetings that have taken place since the last bulletin in August 2017. We have had some particularly well-attended groups and workshops, which is very encouraging to see. Thanks also those who have contributed in other ways by supporting colleagues with discussion board queries and updating benchmarking data for group members to use for comparative purposes.

 

 

MSIG/MHA/WMHA Partnership

 

Work to bring existing collaborative groups within the Midlands closer together is continuing to make good progress.

 

As reported in August 2017, a small working group was established to initially set out a number of options and then analyse these against a number of ‘success criteria’. This work has been carried out over the summer months and was presented at a joint MSIG Steering Group and MHA Executive Board meeting on 21st November 2017.

 

Discussions and analysis of options will continue over the coming months with the aim of putting any new governance structures in place by April 2018. There is likely to be a gradual transition, with a first step potentially being to align the governance of MSIG and MHA with further steps toward integration between the groups then following over the coming years.

 

MSIG Lifecycle Planning Framework Document

 

Following a workshop held in October 2017, some members of the Highways Maintenance & Asset Management Task Group, in association with XAIS Asset Management, will shortly be publishing a collaborative document entitled ‘MSIG Lifecycle Planning Framework’.

 

The workshop and subsequent document was designed to assist MSIG authorities with this important area for Self-Assessment and overall asset management. The framework document will be available to use by all MSIG authorities, regardless of which stage they are at in this area of asset management. Once published, the document will be available on the MSIG website.

 

For further information, please contact myself of Paul.boss@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

New MSIG Task Group Chairs

 

The previous chair of the Flood Water Management task group, James Biddlestone, has stepped down from his role due to his appointment to a new highways-related post at Derbyshire County Council. Victoria Coombes of Leicestershire County Council has kindly agreed to chair the group.

 

Dan Watson of Leicestershire County Council also stepped down as chair of the Highways Records and Searches task group earlier in 2017 due to work commitments. Keith Davenport of Warwickshire County Council was keen for the group to continue so has offered to act as chair on an interim basis.

 

We would like to extend our thanks to the outgoing chairs for their contribution to MSIG and also to those who have agreed to step into the roles and ensure the good work of the groups can be continued.

 

Electric Vehicle Charging

 

In response to recent discussions and questions raised at a number of MSIG Task Groups we have created a new area on the MSIG website where information relating to electric/ultra-low emission vehicle charging can be shared.

 

Items from discussion boards for Civil Parking Enforcement, Accessibility & Smarter Choices, Street Lighting, Development Management and Traffic Engineering have been brought together on this new page as have a number of useful strategy documents from across the country.

 

If there is sufficient interest in this subject then we may possibly consider arranging a meeting early in 2018 for interested parties from across any of the MSIG Task Groups.

 

You can sign up to receive notifications of discussion items and information about electric vehicle charging by going the MSIG website and selecting ‘Account’ followed by ‘Subscription’ and ticking the ‘electric vehicle charging’ tag.

 

For further information please contact alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

MSIG Task Group Report Autumn 2017

 

The latest 6 monthly report is now available to view on the MSIG website. If you have any comments or feedback about this report, please do get in touch.

 

MSIG Efficiencies & Improvement Log

 

16 new examples of efficiencies/improvements have been logged by MSIG members in the last 6 months across a variety of work areas. To see details of these examples click here to view the full log. You can filter this document to focus on your own authority or area of expertise.

As ever, it would be much appreciated if you could take 5 minutes to reflect on how your membership of MSIG may have resulted in an improvement or efficiency to your area of work. You can now submit your entries to the Efficiencies Log using an online form which can be found on the MSIG website. Alternatively you can email any details to alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

Recent Presentations

 

The following presentations have been given at various MSIG Task Group meetings over the last 4 months. Just click on any that may be of interest and you will be directed to the relevant pages on the MSIG website.

 

Asset Management – Siemens

Smart Cities – Philips Complete Suite

Benchmarking - Vaisala

Groundwater Monitoring – Derby City

 

 

MSIG Task Group Meetings 2018

 

Dates for the remaining MSIG meetings in 2018 can be found on the Calendar of Meetings & Events page on the MSIG website.

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Midlands Service Improvement Group

Summer 2017 Bulletin

 

Dear MSIG members,

 

Thanks once again to all those of you who have taken the time to attend the MSIG task group meetings that have taken place since the last bulletin in May. We have had some particularly well-attended groups, which is very encouraging to see. Thanks also those who have contributed in other ways by supporting colleagues with discussion board queries and updating benchmarking data for group members to use for comparative purposes.

 

 

MSIG/MHA/WMHA Partnership

 

Work to bring existing collaborative groups within the Midlands closer together is continuing.

 

Following the MSIG Steering Group meeting in June 2017, a small working group has been established to initially set out a number of options and then analyse these against a number of ‘success criteria’. This work will be carried out over the summer months with the aim of reporting at a joint MSIG Steering Group and MHA Executive Board meeting in October 2017.

 

The Steering Group representative from your authority will be consulted at every stage of this process and comments from all MSIG members are very welcome. The aim of bringing groups closer together is focused very much on reducing duplication, aligning governance, maximising collaborative benefits and making efficiencies in terms of communications and administration. The value and contribution of the 15 MSIG Task Groups has been fully recognised and there are currently no plans to change the running of these groups.

 

Discussions will continue over the coming months with the aim of putting any new governance structures in place by April 2018.

 

MSIG Discussion Boards

 

 

 

 


 

If you haven’t already made use of the MSIG discussion boards, please do have a quick look on the MSIG website. There is one discussion board for each of our specialist task groups and these can all be found on the relevant task group pages.

 

If you have a question that you would like to post, you can now submit details via the MSIG website. All new posts will be ‘tagged’ with the relevant task group name so that you can then register to receive notifications for any new items containing tags relating to your areas of interest.

 

Thanks to all those of you who continue to offer advice and feedback to your peers across the Midlands and beyond.

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The National Highways & Transport (NHT) Network has been appointed by DfT as a partner to build on the Connect and Share Initiative started by HMEP.

The key aims of Connect and Share are for local highways authorities and their delivery partners to connect with each other and to share information about best practice across the sector. These aims clearly compliment the excellent work already being carried out by MSIG members across the Midlands.

 

MSIG has been asked to formally commit to supporting the HMEP Connect and Share initiative. This commitment means that MSIG will;

· promote the use of Connect and Share

· submit case studies and best practice examples for the Connect & Share website

· respond to surveys

· host Connect & Share events and presentations

 

The NHT will offer a Regional Support Package to all participating networks which replaces the NHT Regional Benchmarking Service.

 

 

Efficiencies & Improvement Log

 

There has been a really encouraging start to 2017-18, with 15 new examples of efficiencies/improvements being logged in just 3 months. To see details of these examples click here to view the full log. You can filter this document to focus on your own authority or area of expertise.

As ever, it would be much appreciated if you could take 5 minutes to reflect on how your membership of MSIG may have resulted in an improvement or efficiency to your area of work. You can now submit your entries to the Efficiencies Log using an online form which can be found on the MSIG website. Alternatively you can email any details to alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

 

Task Group Skype success

 

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The Development Management task group chair Chris Bond successfully set up Skype access for his colleagues in Northampton during a presentation from Peter Bell (Lancashire) at a recent task group meeting. It is hoped that this is something that MSIG will soon be able to offer across all task groups to reach a wider audience and to reduce travel time for those who are located long distances from meeting venues.

 

If this is something that would be of interest to you, please contact alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk and I will endeavour to make the necessary arrangements.

 

 

MSIG 2017-18 Business Plan

 

The MSIG 2017/18 Business Plan is now available to view on the MSIG website. The Business Plan has been refreshed for 2017-18 and also reports on how we performed against our newly-set targets in 2016-17.

The Business Plan includes a full budget statement for 2016-17 and sets out the priorities for MSIG over the coming year.

 

Recent Presentations

 

The following presentations have been given at various MSIG Task Group meetings over the last 3 months. Just click on any that may be of interest and you will be directed to the relevant pages on the MSIG website.

 

Colas – Specialist Surface Treatments

Lee Crawley v Barnsley MBC EWCA Civ 36 – Weightmans 2017

Lancashire Dec 2015 flood event – S19 Investigation Process

QFree – ‘Infomobility’ – Vehicle counting, weight –in-motion and air quality monitoring

Clearview Intelligence – Solutions Overview & Insight software demo

Brett Landscaping Ltd - Permeable Paving maintenance and adoption issues

 

 

MSIG Task Group Meetings 2017

 

Dates for all MSIG meetings in 2017 can be found on the Calendar of Meetings & Events page on the MSIG website. Please be aware that these dates are subject to change.

Provisional dates for all 2018 meetings are also available on the link above.

 

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Midlands Service Improvement Group

Spring 2017 Bulletin

 

Dear MSIG members,

 

Thanks once again to all those of you who have taken the time to attend the MSIG task group meetings that have taken place since Christmas. We have had some particularly well-attended groups, which is very encouraging to see. Thanks also those who have contributed in other ways by supporting colleagues with discussion board queries and updating benchmarking data for group members to use for comparative purposes.

 

 

MSIG April 2017 Task Group Report

 

The MSIG April 2017 Task Group Report is now available to view on the MSIG website. This report provides information about the activities of all 15 task groups over the last 6 months and shows how each group has contributed to the MSIG objectives set out in the 2016-17 Business Plan.

 

 

Efficiencies & Improvement Log

 

Over the last 12 months, MSIG members have logged 32 new examples of how they have benefitted from being part of the group which means we have exceeded our target for reporting success 2016-17. For the next 12 months it would be excellent if we could build on this and record even more examples as there are still so many that are undocumented.

To see details of these examples click here to view the full log. You can filter this document to focus on your own authority or area of expertise.

 

As ever, it would be much appreciated if you could take 5 minutes to reflect on how your membership of MSIG may have resulted in an improvement or efficiency to your area of work. Click here for the log template which can then be filled in and emailed to alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

 

MSIG/MHA/WMHA Efficiency Partnership

 

We are currently exploring ways in which to work more closely with other collaborative organisations in the Midlands region.

 

Whilst it has been established that there is not a large amount of cross-over between the work of Midlands Highways Alliance, West Midlands Highways Alliance and MSIG, it is acknowledged that there is some duplication at the governance level of these groups and that there may be some benefit in bringing this aspect of the groups closer together.

 

Discussions will continue over the coming months with the aim of putting new governance structures in place by April 2018.

 

 

MSIG Discussion Boards

 

One of our objectives for 2016-17 was to promote the use of online MSIG discussion boards and to increase the rate of response from group members. While we are still not quite meeting the target there has been an encouraging increase in response rates to items posted in the last 12 months. Approximately the same number of questions were posted in 2016-17 as there were in 2015-16 but the number of responses rose by 30%.

 

Groups making particularly good use of the discussion boards are Street Lighting, Development Management and Highways Records and Searches. Use of the discussion boards to gather information and access expertise from peers across the region has enabled a number of MSIG members to make changes and efficiencies which have been recorded in the MSIG log.

 

 

DfT Advice Note on Highway Adoptions – Chris Bond, Northamptonshire/Kier WSP

 

MSIG Development Management Task Group representatives have been involved in a project with DfT for a number of years to look at the issue of highway adoptions following questions and debates in the House of Commons raised by, amongst others Philip Hollobone MP for Kettering.

 

Following initial consultation on a draft in March/ April 2016 which included significant and valued feedback from MSIG members, DfT has now published the final version of the Advice Note on Highway Adoptions.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adoption-of-roads-by-highway-authorities

 

This represents a step towards a much needed change to the 1980 Highways Act. Please ensure that you review your processes against those set out to ensure compliance and promote the Advice Note with third parties with appropriate cross referencing to avoid unnecessary duplication. The Advice Note now provides a useful resource to point developers and third parties including developers to when they ask how to get their road adopted.

 

MSIG can be justly proud of its contribution to this and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to discussions at MSIG Task Group Meetings, Discussion Board postings, the Draft document consultation and to those directly involved in drafting, (Rebecca Henson and Rachel Crompton) for their support as all contributions have fed into the Advice Note.

Click here to read the full article by Chris Bond

 

 

Recent Presentations

 

The following presentations have been given at various MSIG Task Group meetings over the last 6 months. Just click on any that may be of interest and you will be directed to the relevant pages on the MSIG website.

 

TRO’s for New Developments

Changing London's Streetscape - TfL (traffic signals for cyclists)

Leicestershire CC – Pedestrian Crossing review project

Smart & Integrated Ticketing (Nottingham City)

Dial-a-ride to Easylink(Nottingham City)

Virgin Media Micro/narrow trenching– West Midlands HAUC

Highways Code of Practice (Legal perspective) – Browne Jacobson

 

 

MSIG Task Group Meetings 2017

 

Dates for all MSIG meetings in 2017 can be found on the Calendar of Meetings & Events page on the MSIG website. Please be aware that these dates are subject to change.