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Have your say on proposed highways maintenance changes

Share your views on our draft highways asset management policy and strategy.

Our road and footpath network provides connections to employment, health services, education, places of leisure and interest, as well as supporting industry. However, budget reductions mean we need to consider revised ways of working.

We spent £26m looking after roads, pavements and verges in 2015/16, either directly or through a contractor. However, we need to reduce this by £3.55m over the next two years.

Last year we asked for your views on a proposed new approach to looking after roads, pavements and verges through our A Roads to Zebras consultation.

We’ve taken into account the feedback from this and have drawn up a draft highways asset management policy and a draft strategy.

We are now seeking views on these draft plans.

You can read copies of our draft highways policy and strategy.

Highways Asset Management Proposed Policy   Opens new window

Highways Asset Management Proposed Strategy   Opens new window

You can feedback on proposals via our short questionnaire until Sunday 26 March 2017.

A PDF version of the questionnaire is available to download, for reference purposes only.

Questionnaire (for reference purposes only)   Opens new window

Proposals 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. As a result, users may notice more ‘road patching’ or ‘surface dressing’ being carried out
  • 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
  • Reviewing the way we handle maintenance communications with the public and parish councils

Feedback from this consultation will be considered by the council’s cabinet in the summer, when it considers adopting the proposed policy and strategy.

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email or call 0116 3050001.

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