Our decision making process

 We ask several questions when deciding which projects and schemes we will do. This includes:

  • Do we have enough budget?
  • Is it value for money?
  • Are there any safety issues?
  • Is it short or long term benefit?
  • Does it fit in with our Council Plan and Corporate strategy?
  • Who will it affect or benefit?
  • Is it possible?
  • Will there be lots of maintenance costs?

For example, when we look at which street light columns to replace, the older columns should be done first. Or if there are a number of broken street lights in one area do we make repairs now or are they going to be upgraded to LED lanterns soon?

We will also look at things like coordinating roadworks if possible because a large portion of any scheme cost is the traffic management. If we are closing a road to repair the road surface why not do other works there at the same time?

All these questions are asked when we approach a project or scheme. As our budget has been greatly reduced over the last few years, we have to make difficult decisions about where, when and how we carry out work on the highways. You can find out more by looking at our Service Statements page 

Last Updated: 9 September 2020