Have your say on highways 

30/09/10

Bolton Council is asking residents to comment on proposed changes to its highway service.

The council is currently consulting with staff about proposals to change the structure of the department and the way it delivers its provision because of a reduction in funding.

The authority as a whole has to save £60m over the next four years and the highways and engineering division must save £2.5m as part of this.

The service is looking at a total savings figure of around £7m as they are also expecting a reduction in government grants, from £6.816m in 10/11 to £3.408m in 11/12.

Added to this is the council’s reduced highways capital funding going from £1.424m to £712K.

The downturn in the economic market is also expected to reduce income by £336k for the design and checking of new developments.

The service has responsibility for maintaining 622 miles of roads and streets; 951 miles of footpaths; 35,000 lighting columns; 1000 bridges and 57,000 highways gullies.

Whilst the council expects there will be a reduction in works programmes and staffing levels, the level of work will still fall within the statutory guidelines.

Consultation ends on October 15 and comments and suggestions will inform the final report to the Executive Member in November. The online survey is available at the link on the right hand side.. To request a paper survey please contact 01204 331075 or e-mail the department.

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Salma Nakhuda
01204 331015
Further details
To request a paper survey
01204 331075