MAR 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
City Roads On Route To Repair
and minor roads in Coventry are poor quality, and new technology
should be used to improve their maintenance.
the view of a group of city councillors set up to examine the way
the city’s roads are looked after.
recommendations have been made by the Best Value review group to
improve services and the quality of performance by council staff.
areas of highway maintenance have been praised for being well run
and giving effective results.
are street lighting, the standard of principal roads, winter
maintenance such as road gritting, and tree maintenance.
such as pavements and minor roads, were found to be below the
average standard in the West Midlands
improve the different council departments must change the way they
work with each other. Some policies need to be changed and new
techniques must be investigated.
value reports have been recently introduced by the government to
make councils take a good look at the services they offer. Highway
Maintenance is the largest public department yet to face a review
include road and pavement maintenance, street lighting, winter
gritting, bridge maintenance, street trees and other horticultural
maintenance, and has a budget of £7.9m per year.
services are provided through several council departments and many
Brian Patton, chair of the Highway Maintenance Best Value Steering
review has been extremely thorough in looking into all areas of
the services that are provided by the City Council's highway
has given us the opportunity to challenge why we are providing
these services, compare our services with other external
employers that also provide the same or similar operations,
along with the chance to consult a wide variety of people to
find out what they really think.
have also been able to see how well our services and costs
compare with others and identify a plan of action for continuous
Value has given us the reason to delve deeply into the current
systems by which work is carried out now, along with systems
that we have inherited from the past..
can learn a great deal from these and information that is now
available through advanced technology, which will hopefully go
to benefiting us all in the future.
is true to say that many of the findings from the review were
not a surprise, instead they highlighted areas that we had
already expressed our dissatisfaction about, but due to
resources and lack of funding we were unable to make good
progress in those areas."
have now been able to document the outcome and recommendations
from the review and produce a programme of areas for improvement
along with a timescale for implementing them."