Consultation being prepared on roadworks permit scheme

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Posted on: 13 May 2019

An informal consultation is being held by Devon County Council on a permit scheme to manage work on the county’s road network.

The Department for Transport (DfT) requires all local authorities to have a scheme in operation by April 2020.

The County Council is planning a formal public consultation later this year, starting in September, but it’s currently carrying out preliminary work to develop how the scheme will operate.

A number of information roadshows are being held in May and June. Although these events are only for companies working on the highway, the County Council is inviting views from everyone.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “A permit scheme would enable Devon County Council to improve the management of work on the public highway and support our co-ordination of roadworks. This would help minimise delays and disruption in order to reduce congestion, which would also lessen the impact on local communities.”

Under the scheme, anyone wanting to carry out work on the public highway would have to apply for a permit, and the County Council would either approve or reject the application, or propose conditions on the work.

The aim is to introduce the permit scheme in January 2020 – initially for utility providers, and then for people carrying out other licensed work such as the use of skips and scaffolds.

More information is available on the County Council’s permit scheme webpages and also on the Government legislation website.

Any questions about the scheme consultation should be emailed email highway.permitscheme-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

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