Have your say on proposed new approach to highways maintenance

Have your say on proposed new approach to highways maintenance

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.

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.

Public consultation: Submit your views by midnight Sunday 26 March

Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:54 by Beverley Greenwood

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