Surrey plans to 'devolve' highways services


Plans have been put forward by Surrey CC to hand over more control of highways maintenance to community groups, it has been reported.

The local authority has placed before cabinet details of a scheme to give borough, district and parish councils in the local region more powers for work associated with highways, such as cutting grass verges and hedges and signage repair.

Surrey CC has developed the scheme following interest from community groups and residents' associations, who claimed they would like to be more involved in the maintenance of their local stretches of road, and described the programme as a 'shining example of localism'.

John Furey, cabinet member for highways at Surrey CC, told a local paper: 'Community groups told us they wanted to be involved and we're happy to include them.

'Local people know local needs best and this will not only provide an even more tailored service for residents, but will also allow us to focus on strategic issues that will see £100m invested in improving the county's roads through Operation Horizon, and around 300 miles of the worst stretches torn up and many rebuilt from scratch.'

Cash for projects will be awarded through the area's 11 local committees.

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