Annual Update


Virtual by Microsoft Teams

IPROW’s Annual Update is a conference style event with a series of presentations, primarily from members, about recent questions arising, innovations or initiatives, intended to provoke thought, inform discussion and opportunities for review or change of practice.

The Update 2021 will be virtual using MS Teams and we hope you will join us to take advantage of the many benefits while avoiding travel.


The Update will be nine one hour sessions which will include audience discussion. The breaks between will have casual ‘chat over coffee’ drop-in opportunities to simulate the networking we shall otherwise miss and conversations with some of our usual trade suppliers.


The programme will comprise eight to ten one hour sessions of speaker plus audience discussion. The breaks between will have casual drop-in opportunities to simulate the networking opportunities and conversations with our usual exhibitor suppliers.


09.30 President’s Welcome Chris Miller, Lincolnshire County Council
  Enabling Informed Choices About Access for Disabled People Craig Grimes, Experience Community
10.30 Break with drop-in chats  
11.00 Case Law Review George Laurence QC, New Square Chambers
12.00 Break with drop-in chats  
12.45 A Stroll Along England’s Coast Path Ben Nichols, Natural England
13.45 Break with drop-in chats  
14.15 The Right to Deviate Ruth Stockley, Kings Chambers
15.15 Break with drop-in chats  
15.45 Policy Update Pippa Langford, Natural England
16.45 AGM  
17.00 Close  
10.30 Break with drop-in chats  
11.00 Biodiversity Awareness Francis Flanagan
12.00 Break with drop-in chats  
12.45 Innovative Bridge Design Andy Cross, Network Rail
13.45 Break with drop-in chats  
14.15 Monitoring Use
Overview of Strava Metro, its use and value


Richard Garner, Monmouthshire Council
Carlos Gomez, Haynes Bunn, Tom Knights
15.15 Review of the Update Chris Miller, Lincolnshire
15.45 Close  

Craig Grimes of Experience Community, considers the provision of information about access and barriers on rights of way and other access space, whether urban or rural, which is vital to the decisions of disabled people about their ability to use a route, and looks at some of the ways information can be collated and provided in useful formats for the user.

George Laurence QC provides a summary of recent cases and their implications for rights of way and access work which is always a highlight of the Update for many of those attending.

Ben Nichols is Natural England's Senior Advisor for the Coast Path and shares experiences in establishing the England Coast Path, some of the challenges the path may face in the years to come and how its unique features will increase resilience to some of these pressures.

Natural England is involved with several major projects this year and provides an update on their progress.

Ruth Stockley talks about the right to deviate which arises from common law and its implications for rights of way work.

Francis Flanagan is an ecologist and considers the potential for rights of way and access work to improve biodiversity by raising awareness of impacts on species and management practices.

Network Rail’s large asset register of bridges will grow with the aim of removing level crossings but bridges for rights of way, especially without steps, are high cost and often rejected as an alternative to an at grade crossing.  NR has produced a cost-effective and desirable design which can be adapted to range of settings, potentially with application beyond railways.

Richard Garner looks at the data captured by apps such as Strava and how it fits with monitoring use alongside more traditional methods such as people counters.

Annual General Meeting

IPROW’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 16.45 on Monday with the opportunity to discuss the work and future of IPROW. AGMs are informal and tend to be short and members are strongly encouraged to stay for the meeting if possible so that decisions are truly representative of the whole membership.


Members: free if booking before 1 October. This offer is for 2021 only because we appreciate that authorities and members have had a challenging year meeting public expectations against decreasing budgets so the Institute is helping members to still access the quality of advice and information they need.
£230 or £30/session (minimum three sessions) after 1 October.

Non-members: £334, £40/session (minimum three sessions) (exc VAT). Prices have been held at 2020 rate.


The software used will be Microsoft Teams as being the most accessible by the most members according to current data. You do not need a Teams account, you will be able to join via a web browser. We can test this with you prior to confirming your booking if required.

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