Reduce locally determined highway drainage and cleaning activities carried out by Parish Lengthsmen
Parish Lengthsmen currently visit each Parish four times a year to undertake locally determined highway drainage and cleaning activities. In addition to this, an annual clean of drainage features such as grips and easements, and hand-cleaning of gullies, is currently undertaken. It is proposed to make the annual clean the main part of the Lengthsmen duties leaving significantly less time for locally determined highway drainage and cleaning activities.
Current spending: £937,000
Proposed saving: £550,000
Under current policy, all highway drainage gullies are routinely cleaned annually. The proposal is to identify locations where gullies do not normally need cleaning annually and introduce a less frequent cleaning programme in those areas. Current budgets and policies allow for more frequent cleaning of identified ‘problem’ locations and this would continue.
Current spending: £1.730m
Proposed saving: £330,000
Regular specialist surveys are carried out of trees that are capable of falling on the highway, including trees on private land close to the highway which are the responsibility of the landowner. Where there is an imminent danger to the public, or if the landowner is unable to be identified, essential work is carried out by the County Council.
It is proposed that future surveys and tree maintenance work should be limited to trees within the limits of the highway, for which the County Council is responsible.
Highway Safety Inspectors would continue to identify any obvious signs of a danger to public safety in the course of their highway inspections, and the landowners would be notified.
Current spending: £620,000
Proposed saving: £300,000
It is proposed that routine renewal and replacement of advisory road markings would no longer take place. Renewal of road markings and studs would only be undertaken if there is an identified safety issue. Regulatory markings would also be reviewed before being replaced to make sure they are still required.
Current spending: £1.186m
Annual saving: £186,000
The County Council’s contractor is currently required to respond to all reports of street lighting faults and repair them within a specific timescale. It is proposed that reports of faults with an individual street light would no longer be responded to. The report would be noted and the contractor would only be required to respond when two or more lights become faulty in a street.
Current spending: £4.334m
Proposed saving: £270,000
Currently in rural areas, a one metre strip of verge alongside the carriageway is cut once or twice a year depending on the road category. It is proposed that this regular cutting would no longer take place on the minor road network. Verge cutting for visibility purposes at road junctions and on bends would continue, as would a full width verge cut every third year on more important local roads.
Current spending: £1.358m
Proposed saving: £200,000
Currently cattle grids are routinely cleaned annually. It is proposed that this regular cleaning would no longer take place. Cattle grids would continue to be inspected as part of the highway safety inspection process and any necessary works identified.
Current spending: £218,000
Proposed saving: £82,000
Currently the County Council provides furniture such as stiles and kissing gates to landowners for them to install, to help maintain use of the PROW (Public Rights of Way) network. It is proposed that this service would no longer be available, and the County Council would only make the statutory financial contribution (one quarter of the cost) towards new furniture. Spending on regular vegetation clearance on lesser used ‘remote’ routes would be reduced.
Current spending: £658,000
Proposed saving: £65,000
The County Council’s network of variable message signs provides information to road users on major routes and in larger urban areas on incidents and events affecting their journey. They are also used to convey road safety and travel information. It is proposed that the maintenance contract for these signs be terminated, and the signs removed as and when they fail to operate.
Current budget: £43,000
Proposed saving: £43,000