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Church Pulverbatch Parish Council

Planned Emergency Road Closure

By Shropshire Council Church Pulverbatch Parish Council

Tuesday, 26 February 2019


Church Pulverbatch Parish Council Contributor


Background Information

Over last winter and the early summer we have suffered server weather extremes, the result of which we are dealing with a considerably higher percentage of defects  of on our network. Additional resources (Highway gangs, additional hours “pothole buster ( two new machines delivered at the start of the summer  plus an additional hired in machine are in use )”, new work type gangs deployed  have been deployed, capital schemes recycled to fund local repairs….. This has ameliorated  the situation with regards to defect repairs. However there are a number of defects located on roads where the width of carriageway  ( predominantly rural lanes ) does not enable safe working by our contractor (Kier). We need to tackle those defects and  therefore consider emergency road closures to be the appropriate way forward

Planned Emergency Closures

Therefore, in consultation with the Permitting Team and Kier we have agreed on a programme of “Emergency Road Closures” to enable the safe repairs to take place. The term “Emergency” is a legal term as opposed to this being planned works with the usually 6-8 weeks lead-in time. Due to the issues stated above, these defects are deteriorating towards an unsafe condition and under our statutory obligation to maintain the Highway, we are empowered to close the highway to undertake these repairs. For clarity an emergency  road closure could be for half a day, a full  day or  up to a week , dependent of the scale and nature of the work .

These works will be carried out as quickly as possible and will target roads with the highest number of defects on them. We will endeavour to communicate and consult with affected properties and businesses as far as is reasonably practical. However the nature and speed of these works will limit that. All parties involved are aware of the disruptive nature of these works and will make every effort to complete them in a timely manner. As soon as the repairs are undertaken the road will be reopened.

The purpose of this note is to inform you of the context and to ensure that if  your receive an Emergency closure notice you are aware of the rationale and intention  for this approach, which will begin imminently.

Steve Brown.Highways,Transport and Environment Manager.

Tel: 07990 085581  Steven.Brown@Shropshire.Gov.Uk


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