Council takes action to repair Highland roads
16th May 2016
The Highland Council is to purchase a specialised state of the art road repair vehicle in its bid to dramatically reduce the number of surface defects present on its road network.
The machine, which uses a spray injection patching process, can be operated by a single operator and can fill a pothole in about 5 minutes. It is considered to be the most efficient means currently available of repairing road defects at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. The vehicle, which is made to order, is expected to be delivered later this year.
In the intervening period Highland Council will be hiring two of these specialised machines for a period of 13 weeks over the summer to further reduce the backlog of road repairs. It is expected, subject to reasonable weather, that the use of these machines will have a significant impact on the number of potholes present on its road network.
The Highland Council manages and maintains 6,754km of roads, 1,700km of footways and 2,180 bridges and culverts.
Vice Chair of the Council's Community Services Committee, Councillor Richard Greene said: "Highland Council are very aware of the concerns raised with them by members of the public in regard to deteriorating road surfaces. The ruling Independent Administration have given these issues high priority and these machines, together with the new one on order, will assist tremendously in early repair action."
Wick Councillor Bill Fernie, Chairman of Resources Committee and Budget Leader said, "We know that roads are a high priority for people in Highland and that is why we went back and reversed cuts of the previous administration and added more capital spend over coming years. This allied with a plan to increase improvements with a Jet Patcher will begin to make a difference but it will take time. The Jet Patcher wil be in Caithness for 15 working days between 1st June and 21st June 2016."
Members of the public can report potholes or any other road issues online via the council's website by visiting http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20005/roads_and_pavements/96/road_faults
Recent outcomes of Redesign work were noted by Members at yesterday's Highland Council meeting. In the first year of the programme, 8 redesign projects were undertaken using a "Lean" approach and 36 staff have been trained as facilitators.
Motorists are being advised that The Highland Council is currently preparing to carry out resurfacing works at the following locations: • B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores – Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and • B851 Errogie – Strathnairn – Daviot Bridge – Culloden Moor Road; specifically at Aberarder House. Advanced works notification signage will be provided at various locations from Thursday 15 March 2018.
The Highland Council has agreed a capital programme of £482m over the next 5 years. The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under £2bn of assets on its balance sheet comprising, amongst other things, 203 operational schools, over 6,700km of roads and over 2,000 properties.
The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an £80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a £200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another £80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands. We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.
Highland Council is to make a special case for extra capital investment in the road infrastructure after a winter period which has seen the Highlands battered by some 57 days of severe weather. Highland Council area is particularly subject to severe winter weather, which has a significant impact on the roads and other infrastructure.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting. The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
The £48.5m Wick Community Campus built by Morrison Construction has been announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The project is entered in the category for "Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy" against eight other finalists from across the UK with the winner to be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 May 2018.
A Partnership for Procurement event was held in Inverness today (Thursday 6 March) to raise awareness and the capability of the third sector to successfully bid, supply and deliver services for the public sector. Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships.
Across the Northern Alliance local authorities an exciting project has been rolled out to raise attainment in literacy, language and communication. The programme is being delivered in around 50% of primary schools across the Northern Alliance and is aimed at supporting practitioners to take a developmental approach to supporting early literacy development.
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