[Electoral Divisions: All]
To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.
This reportpresents the Highways Revenue, Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budget outturn information, as detailed in the attached appendices.
A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure. The report presented the Highways Revenue, Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budget outturn information, as detailed in the report’s appendices.
The Local Area Network Manager guided members through the report highlighting the budget headings which included the Revenue Budget, Devolved Capital Budget and the non-devolved PRN budget. He drew attention to the outturn spend expressing his thanks to his team for their excellent work. He added that the overspend on the devolved Highways Revenue Budget was £10,000 at the year-end which was an excellent position to be in.
The Local Area Network Manager gave a verbal update on the work of the Countryside Access Team, commenting on the work they undertook in 2019 which was not often publicised. He reported on the works already undertaken in a number of parishes in the Eden area this year and explained that their work was similar to Highways except they worked on softer surfaces. He listed works due to commence in a number of areas in Penrith. He explained the types of work currently being surveyed for the Penrith area such as road signage and vegetation clearance.
Members were guided through each budget heading identified in the appendices attached to the report and highlighted a number of schemes which had come under budget. A member acknowledged that this had been a challenging year for highways with 2020/21 possibly being the same.
A number of members congratulated the Local Area Network Manager and his team on the limited overspend on the Highways Revenue Budget. One member considered this to be a huge achievement given the current circumstances.
A number of Parish Councils had expressed their gratitude for the work that had been undertaken recently and this was conveyed to the Local Area Network Manager for him to share with his team.
A member asked for thanks to be conveyed to the Countryside Access Team for their work undertaken during the lockdown period. It was queried whether the profile of the work of the team could be raised and the size of the budget be shared so that expectations of the public could be managed as to what works could be completed. The Local Area Network Manager would discuss the raising of the Countryside Access Team’s profile with the team
It was reported by a member that Bolton Parish Council welcomed that flood work at Lane End was being addressed. The member asked about the current A592 safety scheme at Patterdale and Ullswater where a number of smaller maintenance and reconfiguration schemes may be subsumed into a DfT Scheme. The Local Area Network Manager reassured the member that the scheme was still programmed to take place. An update was provided on two schemes at Shap which had come in under budget.
The Chair proposed to the Committee that the report be noted. As there was no dissent, it was
1 Local Area Network Manager to discuss the raising of the Countryside Access Team’s profile with the team
2 The report be noted.