Association for Public Service Excellence
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • apse Blog
Who we are
What we do

Roads and Street Lighting

The latest network queries circulated for this service are listed below. 

If you would like more information about any of these queries or want to submit a response, please email Rob Bailey.

Network queries from previous years are available on the links at the bottom of the page.

RH0289 - Paid Advertising on bridges, verges and roundabouts - 18.04.18

A member authority is looking to sell advertising space on council
owned roundabouts, verges and bridges

Do you allow companies to advertise in this way?

Are you required to apply and pay for any of the following:

  • Advertising consent?
  • Planning control?
  • Road safety assessment?
  • Non domestic rating?

Are you limited to a specific size of advertisement?

What is a typical yearly cost to the advertiser?


RH0288 - Dedicated Highways Communications resources - 13.04.18

A member authority is reviewing the way the Highways Section
communicates with the public and others

They would like to learn from other authorities:

  • Do you have a dedicated communications officer/team?

If so how many hrs are allocated to them?

  • What sort of communications do they get involved in?

Tweets / social media / other?

  • Any other information which may be useful?
  • Do you have a twitter handle/ other news feed addresses?


RH0287 - Highways Night Working Pay - 23.03.18

A member authority has increasingly moved cyclical and reactive
highways maintenance to night work over the past few years.

They are finding it challenging to attract and retain operatives as
their single status agreement does not cater for nights/pay
supplements/rest days etc.

They are interested to hear from other authorities who operate
highways maintenance over night.

  • Does overnight working attract at pay supplement?
  • Have changes to T&C’s of employment been made to accommodate overnight working?
  • Have job descriptions/person specs been altered? Please share copies

What is the hourly rate of pay for operatives:

  • During the normal working day i.e. 0700hrs to 1700hrs?
  • Outside of the normal working day on pre-planned tasks?
  • On an unplanned emergency callout?

Have you recruited trainee traffic management operatives recently?


RH0286 - Pot Hole Fix & Repair - 12.02.18

A member authority is reviewing their approach to Pot Hole repairs
Please supply the following information:

  • What actions do you implement with regards to a "Find and Fix" approach to potholes?
  • What particular service takes care of the pot holes ( if not roads dept. ) and how do you do it?
  • What type of machinery is used, hot or cold products to fix or repair and temporary or long term fix?


RH0285 - Data on HAV relating to use of gulley suction pipes - 08.02.18

A member authority is looking for any reports or research which has
been carried out in relation to hand arm vibration regarding the use
of Gully waste tanker sucking pipes.

They would be interested in receiving any information on this
operational matter.


RH0284 - Changing response times and intervention levels as part of new highways code of practice review - 24.01.18

In light of the introduction of the New Code of Practice – Well
Managed Highway Infrastructure it is anticipated all Highway
Authorities will be well on the way to reviewing their current
processes and procedures in line with the new guidance with
particular regard to “hierarchies”.

This authority is interested in hearing whether other Highway
Authorities have, as a result of the review process:

  • Considered changing their repair response time to category 1 defects (currently this authority’s response time is 24 hours)? - YES/NO

If they have what response time have they proposed?

  • Considered changing their intervention levels (currently this authority’s is 20mm for footpath and 40mm for carriageway)? - YES/NO

If they have what have they introduced?

They would appreciate seeing any related evidence used to justify
the changes proposed.


RH0283 - digital storage in highways inspection - 16.01.18

A member authority is investigating the adoption of a digital storage
system to capture inspections and issue defect tickets.

They wish to know:

Do you use a digital storage highways system for inspection and to
issue subsequent defect tickets?

  • What system do you use?
  • How much did it cost to purchase and implement?
  • What are the pro’s and con’s?

If you do not use a digital storage system:

  • Are you considering using one, what is your criterion?
  • Have you decided against a digital storage system, if so why?


RH0282 - Use of drones – 08.01.18

A member authority is interested in any other Highways authority,
currently using drones for any of their work e.g. structural

  • What areas are they using them for?
  • Did you purchase a drone or hire it?
  • Did you train your own staff to use the drones?
  • If you aren’t currently using them are you considering using them?
  • Any lessons learnt that you would be happy to share with others about implementing the use of them?

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.





  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • apse Blog