Have your say on how we look after Leicestershire’s roads, pavements and verges in the future – everything from A-Z.
A consultation has been launched been launched and will run for three months to give residents, motorists and organisations the chance to comment on how Leicestershire County Council can change its approach to maintenance in order to make savings.
The authority spent £26 million looking after roads, pavements and verges, in 2015/16, either directly or through contractors. By 2020 the authority needs to reduce this to £16.5 million.
Before we produce a new strategy for how we look after our roads, pavements and verges, we want to find out what people value and whether they have any thoughts on how we can make changes.
Our roads are among the best in the country and have been maintained to a high standard. Our road and footpath network provides connections to employment, health services, education, places of leisure and interest and supports industry.
At the moment we don’t have any detailed proposals so the results of this consultation will help to shape our future approach.Person:Councillor Peter Osborne, cabinet member for highways and transport
Proposals for the new highways maintenance strategy are:
- Prioritise high risk repairs when responding to highway defects and focus resources on planned repairs and preventative maintenance
- Reduce the number of items looked after directly and/or reduce how regularly they are maintained
- Involve communities directly in maintaining the road-side environment
The consultation will run until midnight on Sunday, 25 September, a number of workshops will also be held for parish councils and other groups.
The findings of the consultation will be reported back to the council’s ruling cabinet later in the year.
Have your say online. The consultation is also available in an easy-read format by calling 0116 305 0001 or emailing us.