Agenda item

Highways Transformation Progress and Performance Quarterly Update

Oral report and presentation by Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Minutes:

The Committee considered an oral report and PowerPoint presentation (slides attached at Appendix 2 to the signed minutes) of the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport updating them on the progress made with regard to the Highways Transformation Programme.

 

During the report and presentation the Cabinet Member highlighted various  Highway Schemes which had recently been completed including; (i) A522 Uttoxeter Road, Beamhurst, JCB Roundabout - Drainage, Kerbing, Footway Patching and Carriageway Resurfacing Scheme (Budget Cost £300,000); (ii) A5195 Burntwood Roundabout - Carriageway Resurfacing Scheme (Budget Cost £35,000); (iii) A5192 Eastern Avenue, Lichfield - combined Integrated Transport and Structural Maintenance Scheme (Budget £300,000); (iv) B5027 Lichfield Road, Stone – Resurfacing Scheme (Budget £250,000); (v) A4601 Avon Road, Cannock – Drainage, Kerbing, Footway and Ironwork Carriageway Resurfacing Scheme (Budget £1.35m); (vi) A521 Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge – Drainage Kerbing, Footway Patching and Carriageway Resurfacing Scheme (Budget £1.0m); (vii) A34 Stone Road, Stafford – Drainage, Kerbing, Footway and Carriageway Resurfacing Scheme (Budget £1.4m); (viii) A34 Walton Roundabout Stone – Drainage, kerbing and Carriageway Resurfacing Scheme (Budget £500,000) and; (ix) High Street, Tutbury – Carriageway Resurfacing Scheme (Budget £180,000).

 

In addition, the Cabinet Member informed them of:- (i) four other highway improvement schemes with a total value of £1.36m, which were nearing completion; (ii) a further twelve schemes with a total value of £4.58m, which were currently undergoing design and investigation work and; (iii) the highway Preventative Maintenance Programme for 2023/24 and 2024/25.

 

In the full and wide-ranging discussion which ensued, Members gave feedback/their views and spoke of their experiences with regard to  the Transformation Programme to date, asking questions, seeking clarification and raising areas of concern as necessary, including:- (i) the impact of an increased use of electric vehicles on the Highway network; (ii) weed control and tree maintenance; (iii) Highway defects reporting arrangements; (iv) programming of Highway Works to minimise disruption especially outside schools and; (v) communication with local residents and Local Members about Highway works in their areas.

 

A Member spoke of the considerable disturbance caused to businesses in Blythe Bridge during the five-month closure of Uttoxter Road which had led to the closure of some (previously well established) enterprises. In response to concerns expressed by the Committee, the Cabinet Member agreed to investigate what additional support (financial and practical) could be provided to local communities by the County Council in the future.

 

Members welcomed news of the additional investment which had been made in the Highways Network throughout the County, in particular the Member Prioritised Department for Transport Pothole Fund, which was critical to achieving the Authority’s Strategic Priorities in relation to economic growth and connectivity.

 

RESOLVED – (a) That the report be received and noted.

 

(b) That satisfactory progress had been made in the Highways

Transformation Programme to date.

 

(c) That the Cabinet Member be urged to have regard to the above mentioned comments in his work to implement the new future delivery model for Staffordshire Highways.

 

(d) That the Cabinet Member investigate what additional support (financial and practical) could be provided to local communities by the County Council during Highway Improvement Works, in the future.