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A permit scheme designed to reduce delays on the borough’s roads and encourage contractors to finish on time will go live next week.
From Monday (14 November) any organisation wanting to carry out works on the borough’s highways will need a permit before they can begin. This will give the council greater control over how many projects are allowed to take place at once.
Penalties will be handed out to those who overrun without giving prior notice or who breach the terms of their permit agreement.
Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We know that it’s virtually impossible to carry out work on a highway without at least some level of disruption, but this permit scheme puts us in a better position to help minimise that disruption as much as possible.
“By having greater control over when work can be carried out and more knowledge about exactly how many projects are being requested at the same time we hope to see a reduction in road delays for our residents and visitors.
“This has been created after consulting other councils who have successfully introduced similar schemes and I am confident this will lead to less disruption on our network.”
By requiring permits before work can begin council officers will be able to coordinate work on the highway more effectively. Permits will only be valid for a pre-agreed number of days and any work that is likely to overrun must be covered by an additional permit or written request for extension.
Permits will range from £40 for small-scale projects up to £240 for major work. Money raised will be ring-fenced to the permit scheme in order to cover the cost of monitoring work on the highways, freeing up resources and cutting costs in the long term.
Fixed penalty notices will start at £80 with a maximum penalty of £500.
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