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Dedicated highway gangs for quick spot jobs


Following a successful trial last year, Gloucestershire County Council will now rollout its lengthsman scheme countywide.

This year the county council has committed five dedicated two-man highway gangs to carry out quick spot jobs such as cutting back vegetation, cleaning out gullies, cleaning road signs and tidying up footways.

From 1st May the five gangs will cover the whole county focusing on specific lengths of road at a time.

Each local county councillor will have the lengthsmen at their disposal for three weeks in the year to make a range of highway repairs and parish and town councils are being encouraged to tell their local county councillor about any jobs which they see as a priority.

The work could include filling small holes in the road or footway, cleaning sign faces, straightening sign posts and bollards, cleaning gully grills and pruning overhanging vegetation. While at work the lengthsmen will also carry out other jobs which they see need doing.

In rural areas the jobs could include making minor repairs to highway drainage, rebedding loose gully grills and clearing the overgrowth along footpaths.

In urban areas the jobs could include fixing loose kerbs, gully grills or footway slabs.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said, "The new scheme gives communities all over the county a dedicated two-man highway gang for quick spot jobs. From cleaning up road signs to cutting back overgrown verges and fixing footpaths, every town and village will benefit.

"Our highway crews work around the clock every day of the year to keep Gloucestershire safe and moving. For anyone on Twitter please follow @GlosRoads to find out what we're working on at the moment and look out for the hashtag #highways365 to see how crews are working 365 days for you."

The scheme has an annual budget of £390,000 for Gloucestershire and county councillors can use money from their 'highways local' budget of £30,000 per councillor to buy additional weeks of support from the dedicated gangs if they wish.

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