• Highways budget cuts - have your say on DCC plans

    25th November 2013 | News | Claire
  • The proposals are:

    – Reduce locally determined highway drainage and cleaning activities carried out by Parish Lengthsmen
    – Review gully emptying schedules to concentrate more on problem gullies
    – Stop specialist tree surveying on trees on privately owned land close to, but not on the highway
    – Stop routine renewal of non-essential road markings
    – Only repair streetlights when two or more lights become faulty
    – Stop cutting grass verges on minor roads (except for safety reasons)
    – Stop annual routine cleaning of cattle grids
    – Stop providing free stiles and gates to landowners with a public right of way and reduce vegetation clearance on more paths
    – Stop maintenance of variable message road signs and remove when they become defective

    When you comment, please remember the proposal for wildflower verges, as this may help the less often cut verges remain pretty, at least for the summer months – and of course, they are brilliant for wildlife.

    Here’s the link: http://new.devon.gov.uk/highwaysbudget/proposals

    Officers are asking for your views on the proposals until Friday 13 December.