RH0236 - Winter Maintenance and Community Councils - 141215
This authority is considering what contracts or agreements are in place where a Community Council has finance and resources available to carry out winter maintenance services in its own area.
They are keen to hear from others who have these arrangements in place in respect of the following:
RH0235 - Inspection/repair regimes for footpaths/roads in parks and cemeteries - 111215
This authority is reviewing its arrangements for looking at inspection regimes for footpaths and roads in parks and cemeteries.
They would like to hear from other local authorities who have adopted an inspection/repair regime for footpaths/roads within parks and cemeteries.
They are particularly interested to know whether the regime been used successfully in defending 3rd party claims in court.
They would be grateful for any other related information.
RH0234 - Parking on verges - 251115
A member authority have had a recent problem with a several companies parking heavily branded vehicles on embankments or grass verges at prominent roadside locations as a form of advertising. There seems to be nothing they can do about this according to various services they have asked.
They would be interested if any other authority has had this problem and if they were able to find a legal way to address this issue successfully?
RH0233 - Adoption of ROSPA/Road Safety GB Guidelines (SCP Points) - 181115
A member authority would like to know if your authority has adopted the ROSPA/Road Safety GB Guidelines or part thereof, specifically in relation to the establishment of SCP Points? If so, which parts have been adopted?
RH0232 - Disabled parking bay decisions - 301115
This authority is reviewing its policies for making decisions over disabled parking bays. They would like to hear how other authorities approve / reject disabled parking bays and whether policies are in place to aid the process. They would be grateful for copies of such policies.
They would also like to hear from any authorities that no longer allocate disabled parking and would like to hear about the key issues they experienced when implementing the policy change.
RH0231 - Highways systems for sharing photographs and plans - 041115
This authority has introduced a systems security policy that is causing the Highway section to rethink its method of working.
The previous use of iCloud on an iPad to share photographs with colleagues is no longer available. They are being directed to the Council's preferred secure web provider but this their current options do not meet the Council’s requirements in terms of sharing photographs and plans.
They are keen to hear from others who have a secure method of sharing photographs and plans that meet central Government's requirements in respect of the following –
They would also be interested to hear from any authority that is still using a cloud system for sharing photographs and drawings.
RH0230 - Removal of hanging icicles from Council assets - 031115
This member Authority is looking for information from other Local Authorities surrounding whether they have written procedures in place to manage the removal of icicles hanging from Council assets (buildings, bridges, etc.)? In particular:
RH0229 - Dealing with redundant highways plant and equipment - 281015
We are interested to find out how member authorities deal with redundant highways plant and equipment such as cut off saws, wacker plates, breakers, CAT’s (cable avoidance tools) , chain saws, leaf blowers, small mowers.
If you do what medium do you use (Ebay, council website , APSE Marketplace, other)? Please provide detail
Please provide any relevant information.
RH0228 - Winter service and lone working
This authority is carrying out a review of certain aspects of their winter service and are interested to know whether/how others operate specific lone working procedures within depots during winter operations from unsupervised depots.
Please complete the following:-
Please include any further relevant information.
RH0227 - Risk Matrix for Defect Categorisation - 021015
This local authority would be grateful if you could confirm if your authority uses a risk matrix for defect categorisation and, if so, could you provide a copy of the current matrix? Of particular interest to this local authority are:
a. The resolution of the matrix (e.g. 4x4, 5x5);
b. The terminology used to define degrees of probability and impact (e.g. severe, likely);
c. The number of categories in the matrix (e.g. Cat 1, Cat 2);
d. The response commitment aligned to each category (e.g. 1-day, next available works programme).
RH0226 - Graffiti removal from private property - 170915
This authority is looking at how they should approach cleaning graffiti from private property. An example of the kind of issue they are facing is attached.
They would like to hear how others:
Any related information would be appreciated
RH0225 - Winter Maintenance delivery options - 040915
This authority is currently undergoing a soft market testing exercise of their winter maintenance service. They are interested in hearing from others who have commenced, are looking at or have considered and dismissed, externally delivering winter maintenance gritting services?
They are keen to hear reasons for and against the decision made, actual or expected savings, transition arrangements and any other relevant information.
RH0224 - Abnormal Load movement notifications - 280815
This authority would like to hear from others with responses to the following questions:-
RH0223 - Enforcing cycling laws and cycle licences - 120815
RH0222 - Example TMC documentation - 040815
This council is aware that others may have used the HMEP documents to procure their new Highways Services Contract presumably a TMC.
They are keen to have sight of the full set of Contract Documents sent out at tender stage to include the Contract Data, Appendices and Annexes for an intended co-joined TMC procurement this authority are putting in place.
RH0220 - Gully cleansing operations - 170615
This authority is currently reviewing and updating their maintenance frequencies and policies for highway drainage to assist with the on-going delivery of efficiencies and make best use of available resources as well as to improve management procedures for adverse weather and highway flood management.
They are keen to hear from other authorities and to have sight of policies regarding the following:-
RH0219 - Reviewing Highways and Engineering Service - 090615
This APSE member authority is reviewing its Highways and Engineering services. They would be interested to hear from other APSE member authorities that have recently undertaken a similar review and details of any considerations taken to:-
Please also indicate if you would be willing to host a site visit if needed to look at your operational model.
RH0218 - ICT solutions for resource programming and costing - 190515
This authority is taking forward a project to look at solutions to help with resource planning within the in-house design teams. They are keen to understand from other Local Authorities what (if any) ICT solutions they use as a resource programming and costing tool to efficiently manage the production of Highways designs and ultimately if the same product is utilised to integrate this to the construction programme.
They would also like to hear from others looking to invest in this type of system but who have yet to make a decision. Any related information would be gratefully received.
RH0217 - Separate glass collection in a co-mingled service - 240315
A member authority is trying to establish whether any local authorities operate either a weekly, or alternate weekly, co-mingled dry recyclable material collection service in which glass is presented and collected separately from other dry recyclable materials, and remains separate from the other dry recyclable materials such as paper and plastics on the same split body waste collection vehicle
In relation to the staffing levels of collection crews for this type of service , do local authorities utilise a driver and two operatives or a driver and three operatives.
Finally the member authority would like to know how many local authorities collect all dry recyclables (excluding paper and card) in the same bin/kerbside container so that glass is mixed with plastics, foil etc.
RH0216b - Theft of stone flags 270215
This authority is suffering from the regular theft of stone flags with an average of 180 theft reports per year over the past decade. They have considered solutions such as sandblasting the council crest into each flag and using smart water but the problem remains.
They would like to hear from others about
RH0216 - Price of asphalt materials – 200215
This authority is interested to see if others have seen a reduction in the prices they are currently paying for asphalt materials in light of falling oil prices.
They would be keen to know
RH0215 - Electronic system for logging out grounds maintenance machinery - 160215
This APSE member Authority has an issue with having to log out on a daily basis, individual pieces of grounds maintenance machinery such as pedestrian mowers, strimmers, hedge trimmers and chainsaws and then record there return at the end of the working day. This is an internal audit procedure requirement, and a such has to be adhered to , but is extremely time consuming as they have over 300 pieces of such machinery.
They are therefore wishing to find out if any other local authorities have an electronic system which would allow their task to be made easier.
RH0214 - Litter picking on roads over 40 mph 040215
This authority is reviewing its procedures for litter picking on roads above 40mph and the traffic management which is used.
They would like to know:
1. what arrangements others have in place for roads above 40mph.
2. how other authorities interpret the Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice in relation to litter picking.
RH0213 - Winter Footway Treatment 300115
This authority currently uses a brine solution to treat footways in larger town centres. They would like to know what methods other authorities use in order to compare efficiency.
RH0212 - Commuted sums - implications of Redrow Homes Ltd v Knowsley MBC case 200115
In the recent Redrow Homes Ltd v Knowsley MBC court case, Knowsley Council refused to enter into a S38 agreement unless the developer accepted an obligation to pay over a commuted sum of money in respect of post-adoption maintenance costs, so the case turned on whether use of the word "maintenance" in the Section is restricted to maintenance of the roads (or street lighting to be more precise about the case itself) before adoption or can include a period after adoption, i.e. when they are statutorily maintainable at public expense. Both the High Court and the Court of Appeal ruled that the Council's interpretation was correct, namely that the amount that can be demanded for maintenance of the highway is not temporally constrained.
An APSE member council is interested to know how other local authorities approach the subject of commuted sums in relationship to Section 38 Agreements (1980 Highways Act).
They are interested to hear from others with regard to the following:-
1. Do you currently charge commuted sums for all elements of the S38 agreement?
2. If no, please indicate which elements of the S38 you do apply commuted sums to.
3. Are you intending to change your current commuted sums process as a result of this court case?
4. When calculating commuted sums do you calculate them for a given period of time? Please provide the period of time the commuted sum is calculated over (e.g. 30 years).
RH0211 - Route based forecasting 150115
This largely rural authority undertakes Winter Treatments within four defined climatic domains, they are considering the move to route based forecasting and route based treatments. They are keen to learn from the experience of any other authority who has already made the move to route based treatments. They are particularly interested to understand how the route based forecasts are validated and whether monitoring/forecasting stations have been installed on every route.
Any information detailing the benefits and savings associated with route based forecasting and route based treatments would be greatly appreciated.
RH0210 - Face Fit Testing for highways operatives 120115
This local authority has recently undertaken Qualitative Face Fit Testing (for tight fitting masks) with their operatives. They are interested in how others have approached this issue including the following:-