Information on Councillor Grants
The Highways Local initiative has been very popular with members since it was introduced in 2012. It provides a good way for involving members in the prioritisation of local highway works, and has offered funding opportunities for works that would not have otherwise been possible given budget constraints. The focus is on providing the basics through a safety-led maintenance approach in order to keep local highways in as good condition as possible.
Each member will have £30k in 21/22 to allocate – all funds must be spent on the highway (road, footway, etc.). Councillors will need to liaise and agree with their Local Highway Managers (LHM) to allocate their funding. With the agreement of the LHM, councillors can wholly fund schemes or contribute towards larger schemes to increase scheme extents/scope.
LHMs will aim to agree the detail of allocations of funding with Councillors by 31st May each year in order to provide the best chance of delivering maintenance works within the financial year (although in an election year this deadline may be able to be extended). It will be the aim to complete the majority of works on the ground by 31st December each year, subject to weather and operational conditions. The reason for such tight deadlines is that highway works have to be planned and programmed onto the network, especially if traffic management or closures are required, and in some cases there is an advance lead in time involving design or solution development. More information on which areas are covered by LHMs can be found here (https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/media/2095882/local-highway-manager-areas-operational-areas-councillor-divisions-january-2021.pdf) but LHMs will also be making contact with all new and existing members to discuss highway matters.
Examples of projects that could be supported:
In the past, Members have made contributions on the following range of works:
Carriageway / footway patching (small resurfacing) schemes - Highways Local can address unsightly or worn out looking roads. This directly contributes to improving network condition, reduces the burden on the capital structural maintenance programme and helps meet local demand for schemes as well as improving conditions for those users who walk and cycle on the network.
Minor works – this covers a broad range of works to keep the network 'fit for purpose' or to enhance it in subtle ways. For example:
- drainage repairs to improve future resilience to communities
- re-pointing of retaining walls to maintain and improve appearance
- dropped kerbs to improve crossing points for pedestrians
Winter and environmental maintenance top-up - Members can purchase items or extra services to help communities to help themselves and improve on the basic highway service we provide (for example, hand salt spreaders, grit bins, weed spraying, tree planting or dedicated lengthsman activity).
Members can also put their monies towards planned capital programme schemes (e.g. resurfacing, road safety, drainage improvements) to show their commitment to their communities and to help ensure it goes ahead in-year
BIG COMMUNITY OFFER – HIGHWAYS
Information on this can be accessed at the following link:
BUILD BACK BETTER COUNCILLOR SCHEME
Information on the Build Back Better Councillor Scheme can be accessed here.
An FAQ on the Scheme can be accessed here.