Footpaths

Footpaths

Lengthsman Scheme

The parish council receives a grant to undertake minor highway and public rights of way maintenance in the parishes.

All works for the year are identified in the parish council annual maintenance plan. Highway maintenance can only be carried out on C & U classification roads.

Examples of the type of work included are:

  • Drainage
  • Clear leaves and other debris from gully grid tops and drainage grips
  • Cleaning channels and vegetation from the entrances and exits of highway culverts
  • Rodding of pipes (off highway)
  • Localised ditching works;
  • Assisting in land drainage affecting the highway (working with landowner)
  • Signs (unlit)
  • Ensure legibility and visibility of traffic Signs including minor repairs, straightening, cleaning and removing vegetation.
  • Repaint traditional finger and mileposts.
  • Highway minor works
  • Removal of soils and detritus build up
  • Clear minor storm debris discharged onto the highway as is reasonable and practical
  • Cutting back vegetation overhanging the road or footway, siding out footways
  • Removing vegetation from structures and fences
  • Verge cutting and strimming of visibility splays
  • Paint and repair fences
  • Environmental
  • Sweeping footways and public realm spaces, litter clearance ,picking and bin emptying
  • Removal of fly posting, graffiti and unauthorised signs
  • Street name plates cleaning and repair
  • Repair of street furniture including litter bins, benches and bus stops
  • Community
  • Assist in emergency response, eg flooding, gritting, snow clearance
  • Eyes and ears for the community liaising with Locality steward and reporting of defects
  • General ‘village’ upkeep
  • Nominated task for the benefit of the parish as agreed with Balfour Beatty

The lengthsman shall not undertake any cleaning, repair or work on street lights, illuminated signs, bollards or attend emergency call outs to highway incidents.

  • Public rights of way
  • Cutting back vegetation and strimming
  • Minor repairs to gates (wooden or metal), stile cross steps, ditch crossings (up to 3.5m)
  • Sign posts, marker post and way markers
  • Replacing authorised stiles with accessible gates and improving path surfaces and widths
  • Leaflets and noticeboards promoting local walks