Decision details

Winter Highways Service Review 2015/2016

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


This annual report is produced to provide members with feedback on the winter activity for 2014/15 and make recommendations about alterations to the service proposed following the review of the existing gritting routes which was agreed at Cabinet on the 25 September 2014.


Cabinet considered a report of the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services on the Winter Highways Service Review which was produced in the light of experience gained during last winter and included recommendations and issues for consideration.  As was normal, recommendations about alterations to the service had been made by road users and by Local Committees.  The report assessed the improvements introduced last year and recommended courses of action, especially for the community gritting operations.   Members noted the error on page 196 of the report and the reference to Carlisle City Council former claimed rights and agreed that it be deleted from the final document.


The Cabinet Member Fire, Public Safety and Central Services raised the issue regarding Chapel Street in Dalton in Furness between Broughton Road and Skelgate which included 3 schools which it had been agreed should be included in the programme but appeared to have been omitted.  The Corporate Director agreed that omission was in error and would be included.




                  (1)    the Winter Maintenance Policy for 2015-16 as set out in Appendices 1 be approved;


                  (2)    the adoption of the local community group resources at Nenthead, Troutbeck near Windermere, the Lyth Valley and groups in Kendal and Hawkshead which had been piloted over the past two years as per section 1.4 of the report and contained in Appendix 3(vi) of the policy be approved;


                  (3)    the continuation of Snow Champions with a view to developing this role to taking into account other roles as per section 4.15 and 4.16 of the report be approved;


                  (4)    the proposed changes in Appendix 2 (as amended) which would then be added to the current treatment routes be determined and the additional budget requirement be approved.

Report author: Karl Melville

Publication date: 28/07/2015

Date of decision: 23/07/2015

Decided at meeting: 23/07/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 05/08/2015

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