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Highways England’s Stakeholder Advisory panel

On June 18, 2019, in DfT, Highways England, by PeterSilverman
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Summary

Highways England was set up in April 2015. Section 5.22 of their license stated that they had to set up a Stakeholder Advisory Panel.

Two years later they had failed to act on this and in the March and August 2017 I reminded the DfT and HE of this requirement. I now gather from an answer to a question from Baroness Randerson that they did after all set up the panel later that year.

I understand a number of meeting were held but they have now been suspended pending a review by HE of the panel’s membership and remit.

Detail

As you will see from the following extracts I have been campaigning for them to do so and to seek a place on the panel.

E-mail to DfT / HE 17th March 2017

“HE’s License states that they must establish a stakeholder advisory panel. No such panel has, as far as I know, been set up. I raised this with the ORR on 22nd September 2016 but they have yet to respond on this point. Has such a panel been established and, if not, will you instruct HE to set one up? I would welcome the opportunity to participate in it”.

E-mail to DfT 8th August 2017

HE have been established for over 2 years yet I understand they have still to set up a Stakeholder Advisory Panel as specified in their License. Have they been given a deadline to comply on this matter?  I would like to be considered as a member of the panel”.

Reply from DfT 17th December 2017

Highways England has reviewed its existing stakeholder advisory panel arrangements. The current arrangements will be supplemented with a strategic stakeholder advisory panel to advise the Board who are not looking for new members at present’.

Note sent to Roads’ Minister, Jesse Norman MP, on 5th July 2018 to back up points made at my meeting with him of 2nd July

HE has failed to set up a Stakeholder Panel 3 yrs after it was required to do so in its License“.

Reply from DfT on Jesse Norman’s behalf of 14th August 2018

This made no reference to HE’s failure or otherwise to set up a Stakeholder panel – so I assumed that the panel had still not been set up

On 4th June 2019 the issue was taken up in a Parliamentary question by Baroness Randerson who was informed (see below) that the panel had been set up in 2017.

I gather that about five meetings have taken place although they have now been suspended pending a review by HE of its remit and membership.

Peter Silverman
19th June 2018

 

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