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Leicestershire County Council has launched a consultation on the new proposed Highways Draft Asset Management Policy and Draft Strategy.
Last year Leicestershire County Council asked residents for their views on how it carries out the management of its highway assets. Following feedback, a draft highways asset management policy and draft strategy documents have been written and the council is now seeking views on these draft plans. More »
We currently spend £26m on wider maintenance activity (down from £32m in 2009/10). However you will be aware of the significant financial challenge facing the authority and consequently we need to save a further £3.55m over the next two years from highways maintenance. The conversion of our street lighting stock to LED will also enable us to save a further £1.75m on street lighting energy costs. As a result we need to rethink how we deliver our highway maintenance services by adopting a more risk based asset management approach. The draft policy and strategy have been developed to help us move in this direction.
Proposals included in the new policy and strategy include:
- Prioritising high risk repairs when responding to highway defects. This may mean other repairs could take longer than before, but we will be clear about timescales
- Focussing on planned maintenance work to help slow down the deterioration of roads
- Preventative work will be 'risk based' and determined on how roads are 'categorised' in a new classification of highways
- Discussing with parish councils opportunities for their involvement in local maintenance, such as grass cutting and the maintenance for trees, flower and shrub beds
- Introducing a targeted approach to gully cleansing, which will help improve service levels
- Keeping winter maintenance, such as gritting, at current service levels.
The consultation begins Monday 30th January and closes Sunday 26th March. The consultation is available here
Feedback from this consultation will be considered by the council's cabinet in the summer, when it considers adopting the proposed policy and strategy.
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Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:54 by Beverley Greenwood
Issued on 30/1/17 at 2:20 p.m.
Incident number: 16*388625
A reward has been offered after more than half a million pounds worth of damage was caused to a house following a fire in November last year.
The house in Glenfield Frith Drive, Glenfield, was under renovation when it was found alight on Sunday 27 November.
The victim was involved in an industrial accident at work and was left paralysed, the house was being adapted to her needs. More »
The fire caused extensive damage to the property which resulted in the occupant's move into the property being significantly delayed.
Extensive enquiries have been carried out to try and identify those responsible for the fire and we hope the reward of up to £5,000 reward will help us move the investigation on.
DC Natasha Batstone is investigating the incident, she said: "The victim has been left extremely devastated by what's happened, the renovation work was due to end soon, she's had to remain in accommodation not suited for her needs, for a much longer period of time due to the extensive damage.
"Someone out there knows who's responsible for the fire and we would urge them to come forward. If you have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please get in touch.
"If the information you provide leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, you may be eligible for the reward. Contact us or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4121 Natasha Batstone on 101, quoting crime number 16*388625. » Less
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:51 by Beverley Greenwood
A brand new service to help give residents in the District of Blaby the tools to progress towards employment is now available.
Employment Support now offers local residents the opportunity to build confidence and find work. The team of two experienced support workers have already succeeded in helping several people gain interviews and jobs.
The service offers a 'one stop shop' at Blaby District Council; with Benefits, Community Services and Citizen's Advice Bureau all under one roof. The team help to create tailored CV's, covering letters and filling in application forms. More »
Dee Warren, one of the Employment and Support Workers, said: "We offer a very different experience to the Job Centre as we have a more supportive voluntary service for as long as is needed, including in work support to help sustain employment.
"We are also happy to help people who are in work, especially those looking for more hours or a change of job, and anyone not on benefits."
The DWP also refer to Employment Support and time spent being supported can count towards a resident's recorded job search.
Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:30 by Beverley Greenwood