9 in 10 councils to take action on floods this winter


Around one in three local highways authorities have closed roads or bridges in the last year due to flood damage and close to 90% are planning flood mitigation measures this winter, a new survey suggests.

The findings of the Local Government Association’s (LGA's) Winter Readiness Survey revealed flooding remains a major concern at local level, with a range of techniques employed to help mitigate the risk.


The poll of 81 highways authorities across England and Wales - close to half the total of 174, not including Transport for London - found 88% were planning to take action to reduce the risk of flooding on roads:

  • 56% were planning to use gully-sucking lorries
  • 53% planning to use sandbags
  • 36% planning additional gully and drain inspections
  • 22% planning to use pumps
  • 7% to take measures to reduce landslips
  • 30% planning to use community flood wardens

The survey also found that councils across England and Wales have maintained stockpiles of gritting salt for the roads this winter, with an estimated 1.2 million tonnes on hand – the same as in 2015.

In October 2013 there was an estimated 1.4 million tonnes of gritting salt stockpiled, and 1.3m tonnes in 2012.

In November 2013, the Government issued councils with a new duty to cooperate on winter services. In 2014 the LGA survey found that 48% were planning to share resources ‘if necessary’ and 44% of councils were planning to share salt stocks.

The number has jumped to 64% planning to share resources with other councils and emergency services over the 2016/17 winter weather season.

Sharing policies were most often seen on salt stocks (47%), followed by gritting machinery (28%), staff (16%), gully-sucking lorries (12%), and pumps (10%).

Oddly, the survey shows a fall in the number of councils using GPS technology on gritting fleets – 75% compared to 87% in 2015. Although last year, fewer councils (67) responded to the survey, which is sent out to every local highways authority in England and Wales.

The use of social media showed another steady increase this year, rising two percentage points, with 97% of councils using Twitter accounts to keep people up-to-date with winter service.

Cllr Martin Tett, LGA transport spokesman, said that councils were ‘fully prepared to protect residents’ and minimise disruption.

He added: ‘Councils will treat as many roads as possible during the cold snap and have also filled thousands of community grit bins and recruited volunteers to help people clear pavements, paths and side streets when needed.

‘Local authorities will be constantly updating websites with information on weather, gritting routes, road conditions, school closures and bin collections, and many councils also have gritter Twitter feeds and Facebook pages detailing the latest developments.’

Mr Tett also called on community-spirited residents to check on any elderly or vulnerable neighbours.


Also see

comments powered by Disqus
highways jobs

Chair of the Board of Directors - Norwich City Services

Norwich City Council
£10,000 per annum
Join Norwich City Services Ltd and transform the way we look after our city and our people. Norwich, Norfolk
Recuriter: Norwich City Council

Team Leader

Buckinghamshire Council
OverviewThis is your chance to make a lasting impact on our county. From developing the connected transport networks of the future and driving sustain England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Recuriter: Buckinghamshire Council

Commercial Vehicle Technician

Chelmsford City Council
£30,000 per annum
We are seeking a fully trained HGV technician to work as part of the team who maintain the Council's fleet to the highest standards.  Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Environmental Protection Officer x2

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£24,313 - £28,785 per annum
You will also be required to undertake a basic DBS check if successful. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Head of Operations

Rossendale Borough Council
£49,408 - £52,899
Our Operations Service is the largest single service at Rossendale Council and one of the most important. Rossendale, Lancashire
Recuriter: Rossendale Borough Council

Business Support Officer - Environmental Health - up to 2 jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£18,795 - £19,171
You will be part of a small team providing business and administrative support in the Environmental Service which is made up of... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Civil Enforcement Officer

Northumberland County Council
£21,589 - £23,836
Civil Enforcement Officers required for Berwick, Morpeth, Blyth and Hexham areas. Berwick, Morpeth, Blyth and Hexham areas
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Chief Executive

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
Package to £149k
Seeking applications from impressive, broadspectrum leaders, with a close and agile understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Basingstoke, Hampshire
Recuriter: Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Director, Place & Environment

Walsall Council
Up to £81,647 - £94,208 + benefits
Put your all into Walsall Walsall, West Midlands
Recuriter: Walsall Council

Development Management Engineer

Warwickshire County Council
£37,849 - £39,782 per annum
The successful applicant for this post will be capable of taking the lead on work within... Warwick, Warwickshire
Recuriter: Warwickshire County Council

Apprentice Gas Heating Engineer

City of York Council
£12,443.89 per annum
You will work within the Heating Team (Building Services) and with other teams to deliver a Heating Repairs Service to the residents of York. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

2x Environmental Health Officer

Dacorum Borough Council
Up to £42,336
We are seeking to appoint two qualified Environmental Health Officers to work within our Environmental Health Team Dacorum, Hertfordshire
Recuriter: Dacorum Borough Council

Country Parks Trading Officer

Northumberland County Council
£21,589 - £23,836
Countryside Parks Trading Officer Country Parks including Druridge Bay
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Support Office (Back Office Systems)

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band E, £25,295- £28,785
An opportunity to develop and manage back office systems for Environmental Protection, Development Control, Environmental Health and Building Control. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recuriter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Head of Environmental Services

City of York Council
Grade 12 Level 1- 4 £49,275 to £59,079 (basic pay plus a supplement up to £59,079)
Want to Live and Work in the Best City? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Operational Manager - 2 Jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£48,172 - £49,047
This role is based within The Environment Service within the Directorate of Economy and Infrastructure. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Relief Minibus Driver

North Yorkshire County Council
We are looking for a caring, flexible and committed person to help us provide this transport. Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Principal Transport Officer (Policy)

St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
£38,813 To £40,760 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic and motivated individual to drive forward transport policy to... St Helens, Merseyside
Recuriter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Traffic Management Leader

City of York Council
£35,500 to £40,710 per annum
City of York Council have an exciting opportunity for an experienced transport professional to lead our Traffic Team. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Traffic Project Officer

City of York Council
£26,875 to £29,783 per annum
City of York Council have a great opportunity for a Projects Officer to join our busy Traffic Team. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council