Agenda item


[Electoral Divisions: All]


To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.


This report sets out the proposed programme of works which is anticipated can be delivered through the devolved Highways Capital funding available for 2020/21.


A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Highways devolved Capital Programme for Eden 2020/21. The report set out the proposed programme of works which it was anticipated could be delivered through the devolved Highways Capital funding available for 2020/21.  The proposed capital programme allocations were summarised in paragraph 4.4 and detailed in Appendices 1, 2, 3, 4 and 4a of the report.


The Local Area Network Manager drew members’ attention to  the 2020/21 recommended allocations for the prioritised carriageway, drainage and remedial earthworks schemes which had been increased in order to deal with accelerated deterioration of the highway network resulting from the recent wet winter. The programme now included an indicative list of schemes up to 2022/23. He advised members of an increase in budget allocated for dealing with the Reported Defects: Planned Works Programme and how this was to be managed by the in-house teams delivering highway repairs in summer and winter months.


The Local Area Network Manager advised he had met with the Chair of the Local Committee to discuss the delivery of various highway improvement schemes in terms of reviewing existing schemes, feasibility, delivery and potential additional works. A further report would be brought to the Committee in June 2020 on this matter. The Chair advised that if and when additional DfT funding became available, it would be prudent to have a list of schemes available.


From the Public Gallery, it was raised that there was a Scrutiny Task and Finish Group at Eden District Council looking at Section 106 agreements and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding.  Cumbria County Council was invited to take part in this work. A member advised on the work of a County Council Scrutiny review which had also looked at gaps in funding, be it CIL funding or S106 agreements. She highlighted the importance of the effective scoping of the Eden District Council Scrutiny review.


From the Public Gallery, the Highways Team was thanked for its work at Fell Edge. The significant amount of water on the road in the area was highlighted. Reference was made to the Land Drainage Act and the onus on landowners to deal with surface water on their land. The need for the identification of solutions to improve how surface water was dealt with was acknowledged. The Local Area Network Manager advised that this issue was on the Highways Team radar but responsibility for surface water runoff from adjacent landowners was not always clear cut. He advised on a bid to the DfT for funding for drainage repair work following recent storms.


A member referred to the ‘Working Together’ initiative and how it may have been received by all tiers of councils. It was considered to be important that the Parish Councils were aware of what resources were available to them and that the County Council wished to work in partnership with them.


RESOLVED that, the proposed allocations of the devolved highways capital budget for 2020/21 be approved as summarised in paragraph 4.4 of the report and detailed in Appendices 1,2,3,4 & 4a of the report

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