Highways & Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member – Minutes – 21 September 2011

17  (17) UPDATE ON WINTER SERVICE REVIEW – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report advising of the progress made to date on the winter service review and sought approval of interim recommendations for improving the service.  

It was explained that the previous two winter seasons had contained spells of significant adverse weather that had tested the resilience of the highways winter service arrangements both locally and nationally. It was considered that in order to improve the council’s response to similar events in the future, a review of the service prior to the winter season 2011/12 was undertaken and an extensive consultation exercise carried out.   The main outcomes were set out in the appendix to the report.  

Taking the consultation outcomes and lessons learned into account the report proposed improvements to the winter service.  The council had made £130,000 available for improving how it would respond to adverse weather events and it proposed to invest around £90,000 of this directly into winter initiatives.  

Resolved – (a)  That the proposed measures detailed within the report be approved, and (b) that, following the analysis of on-line consultation feedback, a further report be presented to the Cabinet Member to consider any additional recommendations, including any proposed changes to salting routes for the 2011/12 winter period. 

Where there is no report this is because it is exempt, as it contains information which is considered to be of a confidential nature, as detailed in the Local Government (Access to Information) Act.