Frus­tra­tion of road­works

The Scarborough News - - NEWS -

Ideas to tackle the frus­tra­tion of seem­ingly poorly-man­aged road­works is be­ing con­sid­ered by the county coun­cil.

A pro­posal to tackle one of the main causes of frus­tra­tion on the roads for res­i­dents and busi­nesses is to be con­sid­ered by North York­shire County Coun­cil.

At its meet­ing on Novem­ber 14, the ex­ec­u­tive will be rec­om­mended to ap­prove a per­mit scheme to im­prove con­trol and man­age­ment of work across the county’s roads.

The aim is to re­duce con­ges­tion and im­prove traf­fic man­age­ment. The pro­posal fol­lows a 12-week con­sul­ta­tion.

Cur­rently, util­i­ties com­pa­nies, such as gas, elec­tric, tele­coms and wa­ter, must no­tify the County Coun­cil of work they in­tend to carry out on the high­way. The coun­cil can of­fer di­rec­tion and ap­ply penal­ties if a com­pany breaches the no­tice, but has lim­ited con­trol over when work is done.

The per­mit scheme would in­crease the County Coun­cil’s con­trol. All sched­uled work would have to be granted a per­mit and the County Coun­cil would have greater abil­ity to en­sure that works in the same area do not clash and that where pos­si­ble jobs avoid peak times of day and par­tic­u­larly busy times of year.

It would be able to im­pose con­di­tions, such as re­quir­ing rapid re­moval of equip­ment and signs after work is com­pleted.

The County Coun­cil would be able to im­pose penal­ties for breach­ing con­di­tions or work­ing with­out a per­mit. Com­pa­nies would pay a fee for a per­mit. This would vary de­pend­ing on the scale of the work.

Dis­counts would give com­pa­nies an in­cen­tive to work out­side peak times and to col­lab­o­rate with other util­i­ties that need to do work in the same area. The fees have been cal­cu­lated to cover only the cost of run­ning the scheme in ac­cor­dance with na­tional guid­ance.

Coun­cil­lor Don Macken­zie said: “This pro­posal is about better con­trol and man­age­ment of our roads. The aim is to re­duce con­ges­tion and min­imise de­lays. The scheme wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean fewer works on the road, as these works are es­sen­tial to de­liver the ser­vices pro­vided by util­ity com­pa­nies. The aim is to min­imise their im­pact.”

The scheme could be in­tro­duced in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

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