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Information on your highways.

Background

The ‘Highways Local Initiative’ forms part of central governments localism agenda and aims to strengthen local member (County Councillor) involvement in the prioritisation and delivery of highway services in addition to those detailed in the Council’s  ‘Transport Asset Management Plan (TAMP)’ policy document. 

What does this mean?

Whilst we will continue to provide basic essential services like road safety inspections and defect repairs, gully cleaning, winter maintenance and street lighting, the ‘Highways Local Initiative’ gives members the opportunity to engage with their parish councils, residents associations and community groups to provide additional highway services as requested.

What can it fund?

The range of additional or enhanced highway services is diverse with the most common options listed below. The  Local Highway Manager (LHM) for the area will guide the member through the options and give advice on the general costs and timescales associated with each activity. 

Many activities are resource and weather dependent and therefore have to be programmed with similar works to achieve economies of scale and provide best value. Together, the member and LHM will agree the works and then these are carried out by our contractor(s). 

  • Additional or enhanced level of footway and road resurfacing / patching type works.
  • Vegetation and weed clearance.
  • Additional gully drain emptying or drainage investigation works in problem areas.
  • You can buy salt spreaders, grit bins or snowploughs for area snow wardens.
  • Traffic monitoring surveys, for example, speed, pedestrian and traffic counts.
  • Safety measures, for example, simple traffic calming, warning signs, vehicle activated speed reduction signs (VAS) and road markings.
  • Footway access and protection measures, for example, guardrail, bollards, dropped kerbs, tactile paving.
  • Additional Community Maintenance Gang

Members can choose to spend all or part of their allocation in neighbouring areas so long as the other member agrees and that the scheme or activity has cross community benefit.

What funding is available?

The ‘Highways Local Initiative’ allocates £30,000 to each of the 53 members to spend within their respective areas for this Financial Year (2021/22) - the figure does change from year to year.

Case studies

  • Footway resurfacing in Coleford
  • Existing signs rationalised in Winchcombe
  • Minor patching work in Cowley
  • Kerbing works in Bledington
  • Patching in Whitminster
  • Footways works in Shipton Oliffe
  • Motorcycle inhibitor in Hucclecote
  • Speed indicating device
  • Winter maintenance purchases
  • Snowploughs, grit bins and salt spreaders
Page updated: 18/10/2021 Page updated by: GCC

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