Have your say on proposed new approach to highways maintenance
Leicestershire County Council has launched a consultation on the new proposed Highways Draft Asset Management Policy and Draft Strategy.
Last year Leicestershire County Council asked residents for their views on how it carries out the management of its highway assets. Following feedback, a draft highways asset management policy and draft strategy documents have been written and the council is now seeking views on these draft plans.
They currently spend £26m on wider maintenance activity (down from £32m in 2009/10). However you will be aware of the significant financial challenge facing the authority and consequently they need to save a further £3.55m over the next two years from highways maintenance. The conversion of street lighting stock to LED will also enable them to save a further £1.75m on street lighting energy costs. As a result they need to rethink how they deliver their highway maintenance services by adopting a more risk based asset management approach. The draft policy and strategy have been developed to help them move in this direction.
Proposals included 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 they will be clear about timescales
Focussing on planned maintenance work to help slow down the deterioration of roads
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.
The consultation began Monday 30th January and closes Sunday 26th March. The consultation will be available on the Leicestershire County Council website from the launch date.
Feedback from this consultation will be considered by the council’s cabinet in the summer, when it considers adopting the proposed policy and strategy.
Public consultation: Submit your views by midnight Sunday 26 March