Highways Improvement – Shebbear Parrish

Request

Please supply me with details of all the repairs, improvements and associated works that are scheduled for the public highways in Shebbear Parish in the next 3 years

I would also be grateful to receive information as to how the tasks are decided, whether there is a reactive programme only or a more traditional method like a rotational system.

Response

The following schedule of information is in relation to planned works that are currently identified to take place in the parish of Shebbear over the next 3 years. This list excludes reactive works such as safety defect repair works which by their nature cannot be planned however the authority undertake an annual programme of safety inspections that will identify areas requiring further maintenance works.

Overarching the decision process is our asset management approach to managing the network. Asset Management is a well-established discipline, implemented in the UK and internationally for the management of physical assets. Adoption of asset management principles can demonstrate benefits in terms of financial efficiencies, improved accountability and stewardship of the asset, better value for money and improved customer service. Asset management uses a whole life cost strategy to determine its maintenance programmes which reduces costs and lowers backlog over the longer term. This approach does not therefore use a ‘worst first’ strategy which although as a process may have a more immediate local impact its overall effect on the network is very short term and in the longer term results in higher maintenance costs over the life of the asset.

In your enquiry you refer to a more traditional rotational method for programming works. It could be argued that asset management in part uses a form of rotational approach to maintenance in so much as it looks at an asset, its condition and the maintenance options available that would extend the life of that asset. The data is then evaluated using whole life costing principals to determine the most cost effective action. In reality a carriageway, for example, has a finite life which through usage will deteriorate, this rate of deterioration tends to be similar for similar categories of road. Thus a type of rotational programming does occur when considering in life intermediate treatments such as for example surface dressing.

The authority will identify as part of its forward plan principal areas of attention that it proposes to concentrate on, this is driven by factors such as road category, local issues, central government focus, complaints etc. Once an asset is identified as requiring treatment, determination of that treatment will be based upon data captured by machine based surveys over the network, this data will record criteria such as texture depth, skid resistance, surface profile and structural integrity. Supplementing this data will be data from customer complaints, potholes, safety defects and inspections from our own highway engineers and from all this information we are then able to make informed decisions on priorities and future works programmes.

With regard to those sites scheduled for treatment over the next 3 years within Shebbear Parish, these are as follows.

2017-18

Resurfacing from Caute Bungalow – Caute (NHT)
Patching outside the school in the village (NHT)
Surface dressing – C526 Pitt Hill Shebbear. (HSM)
Drainage – R6997 Meadow Park Shebbear , (HSM)
Pre-surface dressing patching – C526 Caute Shebbear (HSM)

2018/19

Surface dressing – C526 Caute Shebbear. (HSM)

2019-20

No planned schemes

2017 Ongoing
In addition to the above there will be targeted annual cyclical works across the parish as follows:
Grass cutting
Gully cleaning
Drainage cleaning (ditches, grips and easements)
Safety defect repairs.