[Electoral Divisions: All Eden]
To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways (copy enclosed).
This report presents the Highways Revenue, Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget finance reports, combined with the highways programme progress information.
The report was presented by Nigel Butcher, Highways Network Engineer (Eden).
The report presented the Highways Revenue, Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budget finance reports, combined with the highways programme progress information, which were detailed in the appendices attached to the report.
Nigel Butcher, Highways Network Manager (Eden), explained that works described in appendix 2 , U3060 Bowscar Village Nr Penrith, will be deferred until the next financial year and works to Norfolk Road Penrith would take place sooner due to the number of potholes creating insurance claims.
There was a discussion concerning the change to the programme and Nigel Butcher, Highways Network Manager (Eden) assured the Committee that the Bowscar Village works will be a priority in the next financial year.
A discussion took place concerning the state of various roads with potholes in Eden and how money is accessed to repair them.
Nigel Butcher, Highways Network Manager (Eden), explained that there is money from the Department for Transport (DFT), but just fixing the potholes is not the answer and that Highways are striving to do more scheme works within existing budgets to address the issue.
Local Committee queried if there was a current gully cleaning scheme in place as it was suggested that regular gully cleaning would help prevent potholes.
Nigel Butcher, Highways Network Manager (Eden), advised that there was no specific scheme for gully cleaning however highways are aware of this challenge.
During the discussion questions were asked if the County Council were looking at the causes of the pothole problem and if we are getting the best return for the money spent.
Nigel Butcher, Highways Network Manager (Eden), informed the Committee that dealing with the causes is a high priority so that the most effective use of resources can be made. Agreeing that being reactive is not a good use of resources.
It was pointed out by a member of the Committee that he wanted to make sure that it was known that on page 35, appendix 5, that there are two bridges in Crosby Ravensworth, one called Monk Bridge and another called Church Bridge, however the report referred to Monk Church Bridge which causes confusion and asked for this to be corrected.
Nigel Butcher, Highways Network Manager (Eden), informed the Committee that this will be duly noted.
A Councillor raised a concern in respect of some of his constituents in the Shap area due to an impending road closure, and subsequent diversion, for road works which will greatly inconvenience local residents and businesses.
The diversion commences on 19 February and the Councillor did not feel that sufficient consideration had been taken as to the affect and implications of the closure and the diversion would have on the residents and businesses. He requested a proposal to defer these works until the local community had been consulted on the matter and wanted the Committee to vote on this proposal.
A full discussion took place on the subject with implications for the local residents, businesses and the County Council, if the works were deferred. Alternative solutions were also discussed.
Nigel Butcher, Highways Network Manager (Eden), explained that all residents and business were advised of the diversion and that everything had been done to minimise the impact for residents and businesses. In the area that the work is being carried out there was no alternative to the proposed diversion.
It was noted that the Committee could not vote to defer the works but could vote to have a request for the deferment of the works to be made. A vote took place and the Committee voted against making a request for the deferment of the works.
RESOLVED, that the report be noted.