Deadline for bids to Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund

Community Road Wardens

Posted on: 27 November 2017

Communities are being reminded that they have until Thursday (30 November) to submit bids for the next round of funding for self-help highway maintenance projects.

The County Council’s Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund is available to towns, parishes and community groups.

So far this financial year, the authority has awarded around £58,000 from the fund to 37 communities. With the help of local volunteers, this has helped enable around £122,000 of work on roads across the county.

The scheme aims to contribute towards the costs of materials, equipment, tools and training to enable them to carry out work such as sign cleaning and repairs, drainage clearance, grass and hedge cutting, and pothole repairs.

Devon now has more than 50 Community Road Wardens who can make use of this funding, although communities don’t need to be signed up as Road Wardens to submit an application. A further 174 people from local councils and other organisations (including District Councils, Community Payback Scheme supervisors and local community organisations) have also undertaken Chapter 8 training, with over 40 more booked, or on the waiting list, for training.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “Communities are really seeing the benefit of this funding and the value they can get from it to carry out their priority work on their local roads. The scheme is providing us with an important link to our local towns and parishes, and we really appreciate the efforts being made by communities in volunteering their time. This scheme is enabling them to cover all sorts of aspects of highway maintenance work that the County Council wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. The funding can also be used for road closures for special events which can be extremely helpful.”

Applications received by the end of November will be assessed in the first week of December. Applications are still welcome to be submitted between December and the end of February, however, they won’t be assessed until March next year.

Further information is available at https://new.devon.gov.uk/communities/

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