Agenda item

Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Update 2021/22

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed).

 

This report presents the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget finance reports and updates Members as to current progress on these budget lines.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget finance reports and updated members as to current progress on those budget lines.

 

Members noted the original budgets and were informed that following approval at the full County Council meeting in June 2021 to carry forward the under or accelerated spend during 2019/20 the Devolved Highways Revenue budget was now £883,064, Devolved Highways Capital budget was now £1,158,000 and the revised Devolved Highways Additional Pothole Repairs Capital budget was £802,000.

 

The Local Area Highways Manager explained the process which was still to be undertaken on the Devolved Capital budgets with regards to the top slicing of budgets.  Members raised their concerns with regards to this process and the problems this could cause when forecasting budgets.  It was suggested that this matter be raised by the Chair at the next Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting.

 

The local Member for Dalton North asked for assurances that the schemes at on Duke Street/School Street/Sandy Lane, Askam, Broughton Close/Ireleth Road and safety measures outside Askam Village School would be completed.  The Local Area Highways Network Manager confirmed to follow up on these schemes and update the Member on delivery.

 

The local Member for Dalton South asked for an update regarding a suggested change of traffic priority outside the Red Lion on Market Street, Dalton?in?Furness.  The Local Area Highways Network Manager explained no further investigations had taken place regarding this proposal as it was part of a housing development which had not yet been completed.

 

The Chair raised his concerns again regarding the lack of a ‘One?Way’ road sign on School Street, Barrow.  The Traffic Manager Team Leader confirmed that the sign had been ordered and would be installed as soon as possible.

 

The local Member for Roosecote asked for an update regarding the inclusion of the gritting of Holbeck Park Avenue as part of this year’s Winter Maintenance Programme.  The Local Area Highways Network Manager confirmed he had requested that this be included and would investigate the matter further.

 

The local Member for Ormsgill raised the concerns of constituents regarding a number of broken sign lights throughout the Barrow area.  The Local Area Highways Network Manager asked that the complaints be added to HIAMS.

 

The local Member for Hindpool raised concerns regarding the lack of communication from Barrow Borough Council regarding their street lights; highlighting the lack of lighting in the Preston Street/William Street area as a safety issue.  It was agreed that the Local Area Highways Network Manager would discuss this matter further with the County Council’s Lighting Manager with a view to the possibility of installing a new light in the area.

 

The Committee discussed the issues encountered for both members and constituents with regards to the responsibility for road lighting being split between the County Council and Barrow Borough Council, highlighting the need to work in partnership.  During the course of discussion it was suggested that the County Council take on the future responsibility of all lighting in the Barrow area and it was agreed this would be discussed at a future Partnership meeting with Barrow Borough Council.

 

The local Member for Hawcoat raised his concerns regarding outstanding works to be undertaken in a number of divisions due to the lack of resources and asked if it would be possible for the Authority to appoint an additional Highway Officer in the Barrow area.  The Local Area Highways Network Manager explained the process for the appointment of additional resources and the difficulties the Authority encountered in recruiting staff.  Members noted that an additional Technician post for the Barrow area had recently been agreed.

 

RESOLVED,   that

 

                          (1)          the Revenue and Capital budget allocations for 2020/21 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of January 2021 (as shown in Appendices 1, 2 and 3 of the report) be noted;

 

                          (2)          the Local Area Highways Network Manager investigate the possibility of an additional street light in the Preston Street/William Street area.

 

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