William Eichler 07 October 2016

Cuts force council to use volunteers to fill in potholes

Cuts force council to use volunteers to fill in potholes image

Devon County Council is committing £100,000 to train volunteers to repair potholes in their local areas due to budget reductions.

The Community Road Warden scheme will supply designated ‘road wardens’ with a simple-to-use pothole repair material—Instarmac—to patch up small potholes.

These wardens will also act as a primary point of contact with the county council’s local neighbourhood highway officers and will be able to carry out other tasks such as weed clearance and grass cutting.

The scheme was first introduced two years ago and a pilot carried out earlier this year in five parishes saw volunteers repair almost 200 minor holes.

‘The road warden scheme came from requests from local Councils asking to be allowed to do more, as we’re unable to do as much of the minor work as we continue to face budget reductions from central Government,’ said cabinet member for highway management Cllr Stuart Hughes.

Cllr Hughes, who is also the road warden for Sidmouth, added: ‘The community road wardens complement our highway maintenance service by providing flexible support which enables communities to deliver their own priority needs.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Social Worker x2 - Basildon

Essex County Council
£39168 - £47405 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
We are looking for an experienced, motivated and creative social worker to join our team. We are offering an opportunity for someone who is looking fo England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Social Worker - A&I - North West Essex

Essex County Council
£39168.0 - £47405.0 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
Knowledge, Skills and Experience * Masters, Degree of Diploma in Social Work * Registration with Social Care England as a registered Social Worker. England, Essex, Braintree
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Traffic Engineer (Traffic Orders, Policy, and Programme)

Devon County Council
£32,910 - £36,922
This role will require occasional site work at locations outside around Devon and requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of... Exeter, Devon
Recuriter: Devon County Council

Project Engineer

Via
Competitive Salary
Via currently has fantastic permanent and fixed-term opportunities to join our Major Projects & Improvements Team as a Project Engineer Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: Via

Lead Project Manager

Via
Competitive Salary
Via currently has a fantastic opportunity to join our Major Projects & Improvements Team as a Lead Project Manager Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: Via

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue