[Electoral Divisions: All Carlisle]
To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed).
This report presents the Highways Revenue, Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget finance reports, combined with the highways programme progress information, as detailed in the attached appendices.
Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed the Highways Revenue, Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget finance reports, combined with the highways programme progress information.
The local Member for Dalston and Burgh asked if it was possible to introduce a recognised procedure with parish councils for the reporting of blocked gullies. It was agreed the Local Area Highways Network Manager would provide a mechanism for parish councils to escalate issues to officers outside the Authority’s HIMS system.
The Leader of the Council drew attention to requests received from constituents during the winter months for the provision of grit boxes in local areas and asked Carlisle Highways and Transport Working to consider this as a matter of urgency.
Members were informed there were a number of grit bins in the Carlisle area but officers highlighted the lack of available resources to deliver the salt. It was suggested that discussions take place with Carlisle City Council to discuss the possibility of support from them. It was agreed that this matter would be discussed with Carlisle City Council representatives at the next meeting of Carlisle Highways and Transport Working Group.
The local Member for Botcherby raised concerns regarding the Durranhill Road and Victoria Road scheme and asked whether the amalgamation of the two roads would affect timescales. He also drew attention to drainage problems on Victoria Road which he understood were causing flooding to residents and asked for a commitment for this to be resolved.
The Local Area Highways Network Manager informed the Committee that the work on Durranhill Road and Victoria Road was more significant than was originally planned. He explained that in order to complete the works required the Highways and Transport Working Group would be advised to recommend that the Local Committee agreed a budget in 2021/22 to complete the works.
The Committee was informed that the Highways Service was aware of the drainage issues being raised by the local Member. Members were advised that all issues raised were prioritised and urgent matters were dealt with appropriately.
(1) the following be noted:-
(a) the revenue and budget allocations for 2020/21 and the commitments and expenditure (as detailed in Appendices 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the report);
(b) the programme progress information (as shown in Appendices 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the report);
(c) the Highways Revenue budget has been split for use against various budget headings (referred to in Appendix 1 of the report);
(d) the Devolved Capital and Additional Devolved Capital budgets have been split for use against various budget headings (detailed in Appendices 2 and 4 of the report);
(e) the highways programme is very busy with a lot of work in the coming months. This is also a busy time with the winter maintenance, therefore, anticipate some forced changes to the Programme;
(f) the aim remains to deliver the full programme of works within the financial year (end March 2021). Officers will continue to liaise with local members regarding any changes to work in their electoral division;
(g) two schemes from the Devolved Structural Carriageway Works Programme are postponed until 2021/22 (subject to Local Committee agreeing a budget for these works) due to funding limits, these are; Oakshaw Hill & Laws Easton and Friar Waingate Bridge;
(h) the non-devolved highways project, Eden Bridge footway, is being delayed due to the ongoing flood defence works at Hardwicke Circus. The funding for this project will slip into the 2021/22 and these works will be undertaken as early as possible;
(2) the provision of grit boxes be considered at the next meeting of Carlisle Highways and Transport Working Group.