To receive an update on the capital and revenue budgets available for the highway service for 2023/24.
The Committee considered the report which provided an overview of the capital and revenue budgets available for the highway service for 2023/24 and the allocation of those budgets to various programmes of work.
Committee Members queried the allocation for traffic and road safety (including education to schools). It was confirmed that Cheshire East Council worked in partnership with Cheshire Fire and Rescue to deliver road safety education within schools. Mike Barnett committed to providing a more detailed briefing on this matter, including a list of the schools that had been involved in the programme.
Cllr Akers-Smith raised concerns around the criteria for road safety investment. Officers provided an overview on the capital funding for road safety investment and confirmed that this funding was spent reactively in accordance with DfT guidance (casualty reduction). It was confirmed that there were aspects of other programmes such as Active Travel and Safer Routes to School that were preventative in dealing with issues which could lead to a serious collision. Richard Hibbert committed to providing a list of the projects that were included in the programme that would address the safety concerns raised by Committee Members.
That the Highways and Transport Committee notes the apportionment of revenue and capital funding to the key elements of the highway services shown in tables 2, 4, 5 and 6 of the report.