THE strategy for maintaining and monitoring Thurrock’s road network was agreed at last night’s (Wednesday 7 September) Cabinet meeting.
Councillors approved plans which will bring the borough in line with national standards and support their commitment to the Clean it, Cut it, Fill it campaign.
The Department for Transport has developed the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) to provide guidance for highways authorities, like Thurrock, and establish a best practice framework for effective and efficient highways management.
The updated strategy changes the approach to be more resident focused and data-driven, giving councils the best possible chance of securing future funding from central government.
Speaking after the meeting, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways, Cllr Brian Little, said: “As councillors, we often hear about and witness the poor state of some of our roads. With this programme in place, we can robustly monitor if our highways are fit for purpose and by following the rules – make the best case for further resources when there is a problem.
“In addition, our new method of repairing pot holes, which takes minutes rather than hours, will mean residents will see a real difference in the condition of the roads quickly – which I know will be welcomed.”
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