Venue: Mandela room
Contact: Susie Blood
and Communities submitted a report the purpose of which was s ubstantial investment was required in order to improve the footway network.
The current FNS (Footway Network Survey) shows that of the 1.1million square meters
of footway network in Middlesbrough 225,029 square meters, or 20.4% of the
footway network, is rated at Red/Amber condition. It was therefore timely to
re-evaluate the current financial investment approach to maintaining
and improving footway assets, with a view to improving the condition of the
footway/footpath network back to a publicly acceptable and manageable level.
Executive was therefore asked to approve a change in
already agreed capital allocation to carriageway repairs and allocate £500k from
the £1m agreed funding for 2022/23 to enable a number of footway scheme works
to be carried out across all Wards on the Borough and to also enable the
acceleration of a number of responsive maintenance repairs to identified
footway defects which require isolated repairs rather than full reconstruction,
in-line with the
medium-term financial plan and allowing compliance with our Statutory
requirements under the Highways Act 1980 to maintain our network and National
Guidance on highway asset management.
The report outlined that the condition of
Middlesbrough’s footway network was in decline, with 20.4% of the total
footway/footpath network categorised as Red / Amber; those footways/footpaths
in need of maintenance require:
and Relay flags
methods focus on reconstructing sections of footway and / or responsive lift
and relay of flagged footways, or removal of flags and tarmac replacement or
‘plane and patch’ on specific areas of failed footway surface.
Development of a
strategy and forward work programme for the maintenance and improvements to
footways has been carried out which has focussed on a re-evaluation of the approach
to addressing and prioritising Red / Amber defects based on the parameters
Footways with structural and major defects
Footways which feed major and large transport
hubs e.g. bus station, train station, local centres
Footways with a high number of complaints
Footways with a high number of insurance claims
existing process places schemes in yearly budgets, and the schemes prioritised
into working areas with funding solely from the Councils annual CRSTS (City Region
Sustainable Transport Settlement) allocation, which is funded from DfT and
allocated by Tees Valley combined Authority, from which we usually allocate
£500k per annum for footway schemes.
Other potential decision(s)
and why these have not been recommended
Due to the significant levels of deterioration across the road network
and the due diligence work undertaken as part of this report, no other options
the meeting, the members in attendance asked for clarification on the budget allocated
for the footway improvements and highways. This was addressed by the officers and
they discussed the footpath scheme in every ward, which was also addressed in
The decision will come into force after five working days following the day the decision was published unless the decision becomes subject to the call in procedures.