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Highway Structural Maintenance Programme 2017/18 to 2019/20

Meeting: 27/02/2017 - Cabinet (Item 101)


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Stuart Wittingham UPDATED

Councillor Stuart Whittingham, Cabinet Member - Transport, Technology and Infrastructure, said:


“Providing good quality transport links are essential for the economy of the borough, and making sure local roads enable all residents to go about their lives - whether on foot, cycle, public transport or car – as safely and efficiently as possible is incredibly important.


‘The proposals set out in this report, combining both regional grant allocations and £500,000 from the Council’s own resources, will continue the important work to maintain our infrastructure in as good a condition as any other area in the country



Councillor S Whittingham introduced a report that informed that the meeting of the Combined Authority on 3February 2017 had approved allocations for highway maintenance to constituent Councils. As such the allocation for the Highways Maintenance Block for this Council was £3.213 million for 2017/18.


This report presented both the proposed breakdown of that highway maintenance allocation between Bridges, Lighting and Roads/Footway elements of the network and also the proposed detailed Highway Structural Maintenance Programme 2017/18 and 2018/19, for approval and 2019/20 for noting.


The Cabinet was informed that the replacement of life-expired street lighting columns was the subject of a full condition survey to be carried out in 2017, as part of the feasibility study for further upgrading of lighting with LED lamps, and would be the subject of a separate application for funding from the Capital Programme for 2017/18 and beyond.


The Cabinet noted that the Council’s Capital Programme and Financing 2016/19 report approved at the Council meeting on 3 March 2016 provided a further £0.5million allocation for 2017/18 for highway maintenance improvements, funded from Council Resources, for unclassified/residential roads.


Councillor Whittingham informed that at the Regeneration and Environment Policy and Performance Committee held on 3 December 2014 it was resolved that long term maintenance strategies should form the basis for development of future structural maintenance programmes for highway infrastructure.  To fulfil this recommendation a three year programme had been developed.


Appended to the report were:


·  Appendix 1 – The Highway Structural Maintenance Programme 2017/18 to 2019/20; and

·  Appendix 2 – The Potential Carriageway Schemes to be considered for inclusion in a Works Programme 2019/20.


The Cabinet noted that the maintenance of highways was a statutory duty for the Council under the Highways Act 1980 (as amended) and that the report was linked to the Transport and Technology Infrastructure Pledge of the Wirral 2020 Plan, and was key to delivery of the Connecting Wirral Transport Strategy.


This was a key decision and all wards were affected.




(1)  the acceptance of the Highways Maintenance Funding £3,213,000 for 2017/18, confirmed by the Combined Authority at its meeting of 3 February 2017 be approved;


(2)  the proposed allocation of the Highways Maintenance Funding 2017/18 to 2019/20 between Street Lighting, Bridges and Roads/Footways be approved;


(3)   the detailed Highway Structural Maintenance Programme for 2017/18 to 2018/19 outlined in Appendix 1 to the report be approved;


(4)   the proposed schemes for 2019/20 outlined in Appendix  ...  view the full minutes text for item 101