Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has recently undertaken a consultation in relation to the planned implementation of a Permit scheme to manage street and roadworks on our highway network.
We manage 1020 kilometres of highway across the borough, our road network is fundamental to the borough’s economy, enabling businesses to deliver goods and services. It also helps people access services such as health and education as well as employment and leisure activities and keeps communities connected.
Roadworks including work by utility companies, developers and maintenance work by the authority, can cause e significant disruption.
Currently, there is a system in place whereby the works promotors give notice to the authority to carry out works on the highway.
Under the proposed permit scheme, works promotors will have to book time on the highway network by applying for a permit prior to carrying out any works. Similar schemes have already been implemented by other local authorities. A permit scheme will allow us to effectively manage and coordinate essential roadworks.
It aims to:
Increase the efficient running of the highway network by minimising the disruption and inconvenience caused by roadworks and other highway events and activities through proactive management of activities on the highway.
Protect the structure of the street and the apparatus belonging to utility companies and others within it.
Ensure safety of those using the street and those working on activities that fall within the scheme.
Ensure we can provide better information for road users about work on the highway.
More information on the proposals, including the proposed cost of permits, are attached below.
Government statutory guidance for permit schemes can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/street-works-the-2007-permit-scheme-regulations-as-amended-in-2015
The consultation closed on Sunday 3rd June 2018 and is planned for implementation in October 2018.
Responses to the consultation exercise along with DMBC’s responses to the consultee’s and amendments to the proposed permit scheme document can be viewed in the attached associated documents.
If you have any queries about this consultation or would prefer to submit your response via email, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01384814440