The findings of the Review Panel, including a number of recommendations, were presented to the Executive Member for Environment. The Environment and Transportation Select Committee will be following up responses to the recommendations at future committee meetings.
The Review Panel's recommendations can be found in the Road Works final report.
The choice of the review topic was influenced by a ‘real time’ scrutiny of the issue during the Committee's formal meeting, which took place in June 2010, where it was reported that recent legislation had enabled local authorities to review and possibly alter the way they regulate and co-ordinate works. Members also heard that learning from pilot local authorities using alternative methods to regulate and coordinate works would soon become available.
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Written evidence was invited from key stakeholders, including utility companies, the highways term contract manager, Hampshire streetworks team, comparative local authorities and District and Borough Councils. Panel Members considered this evidence in order to reach their recommendations. This evidence is available from the scrutiny team on request.
The Terms of Reference 31kb explain the background and scope of the review.
The purpose of the scrutiny is to review the opportunities available to Hampshire County Council to better co-ordinate works on the highway as defined by the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and the Traffic Management Act 2004 (and thereafter referred to as 'all works'); and to explore best practice in comparative local authorities.
Councillor. S Wheale agreed to lead the scrutiny review group. The full membership was as follows:
View the Road Works final report.