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Local Highway Improvement schemes set for approval

14 April 2022

More than 70 improvement schemes for local highways are set to be approved later this month.

Members of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee will decide whether to approve the package of works at a meeting on 26 April.

The Local Highway Improvement programme covers all districts in Cambridgeshire, with applicants such as parish or town councils able to apply for funding of up to £15,000 per project.

The committee will decide whether to approve the 73 schemes which have been assigned a total budget of £820,000 (up from £807,000 last year) countywide.

Delivery of the schemes would be spread across both the 2022/23 and 2023/24 financial years, depending on their complexity.

Following the committee meeting, applicants will be contacted to make them aware of whether their application for funding has been successful or not. Officers will then work with them to agree a realistic timeline for the delivery of their project.

More than 190 projects were initially submitted for consideration and were assessed across four categories: persistent problems, road safety, community improvement and added value.

Scoring was carried out by a panel of councillors who were not allowed to score applications in their own division.

The Highways and Transport Committee will also decide at its meeting whether to set up a cross-party group of members to review the current Local Highway Improvement process and identify where changes can be made going forward.

It is anticipated that any agreed changes would come into effect in time for the 2023/24 process.

The papers for the meeting, including a full list of the proposed schemes for each district, can be found on the council’s website. The meeting will be live streamed on the council’s YouTube channel and can be viewed here.