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Changes to highways verge maintenance

Last Modified March 12, 2018
This spring will bring about changes to highways verge management in Hertsmere. 

Responsibility for highways verges is a Hertfordshire County Council function however Hertsmere Borough Council has been maintaining the verges on their behalf. 

Returning highways verge maintenance back to the county council will ease financial pressures for Hertsmere Borough Council, generating savings of £182,100 a year. 

Following a participatory budget exercise in late 2016, in which Hertsmere Borough Council sampled a cross section of residents for their views on priorities for their budget over the next few years, the decision was made to hand verge management back to Hertfordshire County Council. 

Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “Like most local authorities, we are facing a reduction in government funding meaning we have to give very careful consideration to how we manage all our services and focus on key priorities. To help with this challenge, we asked our residents for their views on determining priorities for our budget over the next few years. 

“Transferring responsibility for highways verge management back to Hertfordshire County Council was identified as causing less concern than some of the other service options that the public wanted to protect, such as funding PCSOs and support to the voluntary sector. We have listened to our residents and handing back responsibility to Hertfordshire County Council will save Hertsmere £182,100 a year. 

“A lot of partnership work between Hertsmere, Hertfordshire County Council and our contractors has been taking place over the last year to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities and there will be on-going liaison to maintain the coordination of works in the future.” 

Cllr Ralph Sangster, Executive Member for Highways at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Grass cutting and verge maintenance is one element of the wide-ranging highways works we undertake throughout the year to sustain and improve Hertfordshire’s roads. Teams from our highways contractor Ringway will be out around the county during the growing season of the spring and summer months.” 

Responsibility for maintaining highways verges will transfer from Hertsmere Borough Council to Hertfordshire County Council in March 2018. Hertsmere Borough Council will maintain responsibility for grass cutting at some roundabouts and entrance features, flower and shrub beds and weed treatment of Hertsmere’s roads, gullies and public footpaths in urban areas twice a year, in late spring and early September, using an environmentally-friendly weed killer. 

Together, Hertsmere Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council will be informing residents about the change through their residents’ magazine, website and social media channels. 

Keep informed through Hertsmere Borough Council’s social media channels. Like us on Facebook/Hertsmere or follow us on Twitter @HertsmereBC. You can also subscribe to receive FREE e-alerts 'News for You' for regular reminders and information. Subscribe by clicking on the purple 'News for You' button on our website: www.hertsmere.gov.uk 

You can keep informed of Hertfordshire County Councils Highways updates via their social media channels, by following them on Twitter @Herts_Highways and liking their Facebook account Hertfordshire Highways. You can also subscribe to receive FREE e-alerts by subscribing to ‘Update Me’ for regular Highway reminders and information. 

For more information visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk or the grass cutting page of our website.
Posted on Monday 12th March 2018

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