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WC putting money down for drains

July 7, 2022 10:09 AM
By WC

Wiltshire Council's policy of neglecting the clearing of road drains has in the past been criticised by opposition councillors. If you don't clear your drains then the water runs down the road which causes erosion which causes potholes which causes more expense. Now the 'cabinet' is to approve an increase in spending on drains. There's also more funding for replacing faded road markings and for combatting fly-tipping. Anyone who wanted to be petty minded might argue that these are things the council should have been doing anyway...

Here's a plain English version of the WC release:

At its meeting on 12 July, Wiltshire Council's Cabinet will agree to spend £2m over the next three years on maintenance of the county's highways network.

The proposals look at three different aspects of highways maintenance - road marking, gully emptying and fly-tipping.

The council currently spends £270,000 on road and line marking each year, and it is proposed to increase that by £200,000 annually for each of the next three years. The additional funding would be used to renew give way lines, roundabout markings and stop lines, with most of the work taking place during the summer months, when line-marking conditions are most favourable.

The proposals also include £333,000 each year on emptying gullies. Currently the council spends £1.27m each year emptying gullies, with those on main roads or at most risk of flooding emptied once a year, and others cleared and emptied every three years. This would pay for an extra jet vacuum unit to enable the highways teams to focus on areas most risk of flooding.

To help combat fly-tipping in Wiltshire, the council will spend a further £150,000 annually on covert cameras and three extra members of staff to help prevent illegal dumping of waste and to prosecute offenders.

Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste, said: "We know that issues such as road markings, gullies and fly-tipping really matter to our residents, and that's why we're looking to invest an extra £2m into these services over the next three years.

"Our Business Plan highlights our commitment to have vibrant, well-connected communities that can live safely. This programme of new road markings would make a huge difference to both the safety and appearance of our road network, while the investment in gully emptying will help to improve drainage and reduce flooding in the key areas.

"Also set out in our Business Plan is our pledge to both educate and pursue more fly-tipping prosecutions, and this extra funding will enable us to invest in officers and equipment and build on our successes in tackling this scourge on our beautiful county.

"This £2m over three years is a significant investment in improving our communities and, if approved by Cabinet, will see a substantial improvement in our highway network."

To read the full Cabinet papers, go to: https://cms.wiltshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=141&MId=14358