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Broughton Astley Parish Council

Serving the people of Broughton Astley

Clerk: Debbie Barber
Council Office, Station Road
Broughton Astley, Leicester
LE9 6PT

Tel: 01455 285655

Have Your Say on Proposed Highways Maintenance Changes

Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:49 by Alison Wood

Share your views on Leicestershire County Council's draft highways asset management policy and strategy.

The 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 Leicestershire County Council needs to consider revised ways of working.

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

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

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

They are now seeking views on these draft plans.

You can read copies of the draft highways policy and strategy and you can feedback on proposals via a short questionnaire until Sunday, 26 March 2017 at https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/have-your-say/current-consultations/have-your-say-on-proposed-highways-maintenance-changes

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; and
  • Reviewing the way we handle maintenance communications with the public and parish councils.

Feedback from this consultation will be considered by Leicestershire County 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 HighwaysConsultation@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 305 0001.

Tags: Highways, Consultation, 2017