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Decision details

Streets Ahead - Winter Maintenance Review

Decision Maker: Cabinet Highways Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report details a review of the winter maintenance service and the associated recommendations.



The Executive Director, Place submitted a report seeking approval to implement the recommendations set out in section 14 of the report following a review of the Council’s winter maintenance service 2014/15. The review assessed the outcome of the decision by the Cabinet Highways Committee on 29 August 2014 to approve changes to the winter maintenance service. The report also detailed the options considered by Members and officers prior to reinstating previously removed Priority 2 precautionary gritting routes in December 2014 during a period of adverse weather in response to a small number of reported driving incidents in parts of the city.









the relocation of 158 grit bins from reinstated Priority 2 precautionary gritting routes to ungritted routes in accordance with the grit bin criteria is implemented;






further snow shovels are made available to the public upon request and the public shall be informed of the collection process through the winter maintenance service information portal on the Council’s website;






the Priority 2 precautionary gritting routes reinstated in December 2014 continue to form part of the winter maintenance precautionary gritting service with any additional requests for precautionary gritting assessed against the precautionary gritting route criteria approved by Cabinet Highways Committee on 29 August 2014; and






the financial implications are noted and the expenditure is approved.





Reasons for Decision




The safety of residents within the city is of great importance to the Council.  Reports in December 2014 showed that the public were either not aware of the changes to the gritting network, or not driving in accordance with the prevailing conditions on those roads which were previously gritted.  Whilst the Council understands that there remains a risk of accidents on those roads that have been gritted, there is an increased risk on roads which have not received any gritting treatment.




The recommendations proposed meet the expectations of stakeholders for an extensive city wide winter maintenance service.




Alternatives Considered and Rejected




There were no alternative options presented in the report.




Any Interest Declared or Dispensation Granted








Reason for Exemption if Public/Press Excluded During Consideration








Respective Director Responsible for Implementation




Simon Green, Executive Director, Place




Relevant Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee If Decision Called In




Economic and Environmental Wellbeing


Report author: Steve Robinson

Publication date: 13/10/2015

Date of decision: 08/10/2015

Decided at meeting: 08/10/2015 - Cabinet Highways Committee

Effective from: 17/10/2015

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