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Meeting with Lincolnshire County Council:

Cllr Sutcliffe’s Notes on meetings with LCC Highways in September and December 2017 – copy of report to go on website.

The first meeting was primarily with the local Highways Manager and took place at the Highways Depot in Thurlby while the second was one of a group of 4 “cluster” meetings around the area and called Parish Liaison meetings.

The content of both meetings was in many respects similar so this report is an amalgam of both meetings.

INTRODUCTION

County Highways has recently undergone a major restructure and rationalisation process that has resulted in a different internal structure and delivery process while at the same time the number of LCC staff has been drastically reduced.

LCC seeks to deliver services through Commissioning teams from the most efficient place and source to ensure that the limited budget can be stretched as far as possible in the most efficient way. They will decide on most appropriate service delivery model, set policies and strategies for the services and hold budgets necessary to deliver the services.

Delivery teams, (Asset or Network), which may be internal or external or voluntary, will focus on delivering excellent operational services.

ASSET MANAGEMENT

The structure is headed by the Highways Asset Manager who controls three teams:

1 Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership

2 Laboratory for doing research and testing samples

3 County Programme Manager

Team 3 is further divided into 4 sub-teams:

1 Surfacing and patching

2 Surface treatments

3 Mobile Maintenance Teams & Cyclical

4 Minor Works and Traffic

SURFACING AND PATCHING

Annual budget of £6.2m

Resurfacing - machine laid and full width with variable depths.

Overlay and re-profiling of carriageways

Recycling initiatives. This includes re-using (if appropriate) road planning thus reducing tipping costs and purchase of new materials.

Patching is machine laid and to smaller areas of structural failure with a design life of 20 years

Roadmender works

SURFACE TREATMENTS

Annual Budget of £7.95m

Surface Dressing of 2.5million square metres of roads is the maintenance treatment of choice.

footway repairs generally with Micro Asphalt – applied as a slurry.

Patching and siding work Vegetation) will be done in advance

Jet patcher works (spray-on road surface) – minor dressing programme typically expected to last 5 to 10 years.

MOBILE MAINTENANCE TEAMS AND CYCLICAL

Annual budget of £7.1m.

MMTs are small units with 2 people and 7.5t vehicle. They are visible resource dealing with local issues.

Cyclical maintenance includes grass cutting, weed spraying and drainage cleansing. There will be 2 grass cuts, 1 weed spray and 1 drain cleaning a year across the county. In some areas various combinations of these works will be carried out under Service Level Agreements by District and/or Parish Councils.

MINOR WORKS AND TRAFFIC

Annual budget of £2.2m.

Limited programme of footway replacement with new construction.

Drainage improvement schemes.

Minor works improvements.

Road marking and stud replacement programme.

Traffic Regulations Orders. Where appropriate, for instance when obtaining an order for a developer etc, the costs including staff time will be passed on.

NETWORK RESILIENCE

First point of contact for network resilience.

Winter maintenance service delivery.

Precautionary and secondary Salting.

Grit Bins and Self Help.

Planning salting routes.

Managing winter service plant and materials.

Managing 24 hour emergency service rota.

Emergency responses - RTCs etc.

HIGHWAYS LIAISON

First point of contact for all media enquiries and promotion of information using a variety of media.

Developing customer engagement systems and communications strategies.

Improving customer experience, improving LCC Web pages and improving highways fault reporting using the online system (LAGAN).

HIGHWAYS FAULT REPORTING PORTAL (LAGAN)

This is a web based fault reporting system that was launched in June 2015, improved and re-launched in December 2016. More improvements will be implemented this year (2017). It is intended that all LCC highway related assets will appear on an interactive map so that by clicking on an asset will tell you what it is an allow you to directly report a fault with it.

Examples of things that can be reported are potholes, faulty street lights, blocked drains, obstructions to the highway, worn out white/yellow lines etc, loose/rocking kerbs etc.

Once reported, faults are allocated to the appropriate. Faults are displayed on an online map until they are resolved

The person reporting the fault will receive a notification if the fault is not LCC responsibility but LCC will not normally pass on the fault to the responsible organisation. The reporter will receive updates when works are completed.

LCC will notify the reporter If they are not undertaking works as a result of the report and If they are taking immediate action to fix a fault.

All works are prioritised according to the severity of the fault and the hierarchy of the network. More information about how they prioritise faults is on the website.

USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION

Web portal - https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/

To enquire about highways services Email -cschighways@lincolnshire.gov.uk or call 01522 782070.

Further information and programmes- https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/.

Fault prioritisation information - https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/transport-androads/highways-maintenance/report-a-highwaysfault/41433.article