Lengthsman Scheme - Frequently Asked Questions
- So Why do Parish Councils need a Lengthsman?
- What are the benefits from the Lengthsman Scheme?
- What can your Parish Lengthsman Do?
- Q. So Why do Parish Councils need a Lengthsman?
A. There are inevitably numerous road maintenance issues in a local
community which although important to its residents are difficult
to factor into a general work programme. By signing up the
Lengthsman Scheme, Parish Councils can take ownership of these
minor highway maintenance works.
- Q. What are the benefits from the Lengthsman Scheme?
- Parishes can prioritise local highway maintenance
- Residents can see their concerns being dealt with
- Promotes relations in the local community
- Parishes can identify works which need to be managed
- Minor issues are dealt with locally, enabling the Highways
Authority to focus its resources on more strategic maintenance
- Recurring minor issues are dealt with more efficiently.
- The number of minor issues, which in the past were being raised
repeatedly have been reduced to a minimum ensuring much better use
of engineers time.
- What can your Parish Lengthsman do?
- Clear gully grates.
- Dig out blocked gullies.
- Clear verge grips.
- Clear headwalls.
- Rod blocked drains if practical.
- Advise landowners and frontagers when their ditches need
cleaning. Notify the Manager when unsuccessful.
- In especially difficult circumstances clear ditches - only with
prior agreement of the Manager
- Clear dirty signs (except illuminated signs).
- Remove vegetation obstructing signs.
- Side out footways to normal width and spread arisings on verge
- Negotiate with frontagers for them to cut back overhanging
vegetation. Notify the Manager when unsuccessful.
- Hand gritting of footways and carriageways from Highways
approved grit bins.
- Pulling/cutting of noxious weeds following specific site
approval from Manager.
- The English Hedgerows
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This page was last reviewed 29 July 2013 at 11:35.
The page is next due for review 25 January 2015.