Travelled up on Sunday with Nick Chard, KCC Cabinet Member for Finance, to Cheshire where we were representing Kent at the annual conference of the County Councils Network. Leaders, Chief Executives and other officers and members from County Councils the length and breadth of the country meet once a year to discuss the future of County governance.
It's an opportunity to renew old acquaintances, to make new contacts, and to find out what each other's authorities are doing, and to hear at first hand from Government speakers just what's expected of us in the future.
Interesting conversations and an opportunity to question the IDeA, the Audit Commission, and a host of other people.
Flew back from Manchester Airport this afternoon, with a head full of ideas and a renewed enthusiasm for local government and what it can do for its communities.