Policy for Managing Street Works

This policy covers the powers and responsibilities placed on the Council by the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 to co-ordinate and inspect the works of utility companies in the Street.


To contribute to the Authority's Corporate Aims and Objectives and the Community Plan by efficient operation of the highway network to ensure high quality access is maintained to promote the Community Plan themes and Corporate Aims including Economic Prosperity, Environment and Transport, Community Safety, Confident Communities and Service Quality and Improvement.

To achieve this we will:

  • Street WorksCo-ordinate the work of the utility companies and all other planned work on the highway with the aim to minimise disruption.
  • Liaising with stakeholders and all interested parties on Street Works issues in the public interest.
  • Publish a weekly Road Works Report and make available on the Internet, to major motoring organisations, emergency services and local radio.
  • Undertake random sample inspections of utility work in accordance with the Inspections Code of Practice.
  • Undertake additional inspections of work particularly those nearing the end of the guarantee period in order to identify non-compliance to the Reinstatement Specification.
  • Maintain the Street Works Register and gazetteer.
  • Serve notice upon Utility companies where they fail in their specific duties under the Act.
  • Consider prosecution of utility companies for repeated or serious offences.

This policy has cross cutting themes and complements and interlinks with the following Corporate Objectives and Policy Standards:-

  • Environment and Transport.
  • Community Safety.
  • Confident Communities.
  • Service Quality and Improvement.

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Last Updated: 03.11.2008 at 13:23

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