Come and have your say on Proposals to cut highway services - 8pm 2nd December - Village Hall

Devon County Council are proposing significant changes in how highways are maintained. A cut of £3.4 million is being considered - roughly 9%.

We encourage you to come to the meeting on Tuesday to have your say. If you are unable to attend please let us know your views by emailing Richard Bence: richard@beingorganic.com

The biggest impact may be the maintenance of potholes which is described in more detail below. Also being considered is:

  • Reducing the backup snow clearing fleet.
  • Reducing the roads treated during snow / winter weather.
  • An end to restocking grit bins
  • Closing the 4 Devon run picnic sites on A39 and A361
  • End to grass cutting - other than for visibility splays
  • End to weed spraying and treatment of noxious weeds
  • Parish Lengthsmen will only clean drains on a rota.
  • Reduction in staffing meaning lower priority enquiries are not being investigated.
  • Potholes
  • David Whitton, Head of Highways - Capital Development and Waste, has recently stated that: “some of our lower category roads are getting little or no attention apart for safety defect repairs, due to the limited availability of funding”.

It is considered that the majority of roads within Welcombe will fall within this “lower category”.

The County Council propose that all Parishes appoint a volunteer Road Warden through their ‘Community Self-Help’ programme. The scheme is being promoted as a way that villages can take ownership of minor road maintenance but also raises some significant questions:

  1. Who would take the role of the volunteer Road Warden and become responsible for determining works needed, ensuring materials/equipment are in place and ensuring works are carried out in a safe manner.
  2. Who would take the roles volunteer road maintenance workers within the village. This role, like the Road Warden, would require a commitment to undergo training before work could begin.
  3. The scheme offers only Public Liability Insurance therefore there is no personal, property or vehicle insurance for any volunteer.
  4. Who provides equipment and machinery? Guidance states that only construction materials will be provided by Devon.
  5. If Devon are not providing necessary equipment or insurance, how will this be funded. Currently there is no capacity in the Parish precept to fund this.

It is important that we hear the views of residents on the above proposals so we can represent the views of the village in responding to Devon’s consultation.

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