Highways & Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member – Minutes – 26 January 2015

155  (32) STREET WORKS MANAGEMENT PERMIT SCHEME – The Director of Places submitted a report proposing a prioritised approach towards introducing a permit scheme for street works by October 2015.

In July 2014 the Cabinet Member approved in principle the introduction of a permit scheme for street works (Minute 127 refers).  Officers undertook to bring forward a further report to suggest in more detail how the matter might be taken forward.

The report highlighted reasons for considering putting a permit scheme in place, along with the three main options open to the council for the progression of a permit scheme, which were:

  • An individually negotiated local Permit Scheme
    •  Introducing a new Permit Scheme in conjunction with similar minded councils
    •  Applying an existing Permit Scheme that was already operating elsewhere, such as for example the “Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme” that  operated across a number of councils within the Yorkshire area.

When developing any scheme, consideration would have to be given to include the levels of charges and which roads the charges would apply to.  Adopting a common scheme would mean that these decisions would have already been negotiated.  All of the options would require negotiation and consultation with the relevant utility companies.  As a result it was anticipated that the earliest practicable date for introducing a permit scheme would be October 2015.

Resolved – That officers be authorised to investigate adoption of a Common Permit Scheme for North Lincolnshire with a view to such a scheme becoming effective from 1 October 2015.