Decision details

Highways Maintenance Severe Weather Plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Approve BCP winter highways maintenance to include Severe Weather Plan



(a)           Cabinet notes that the preparations for Winter Service 2019/20 are in place to ensure continuity of service previously provided by the three preceding Highway Authorities (Dorset County Council, Bournemouth & Poole Council’s) for this coming Winter;

(b)           a review of Winter Service is undertaken at the end of the 2019/20 season (during April 2020) to inform the development of a BCP Council Winter Service Plan. Including the extent of service and associated service priorities are reviewed e.g. options for future treatment of roads, pavements and cycle paths.

(c)           learning from the review is used to inform the wider response to weather related incidents on the highway (gales, flooding and heat)

(d)           a wider Highway Maintenance activities review is undertaken, and an options report developed.

Voting: Unanimous


Winter Service is a statutory BCP function essential to keeping the BCP conurbation safe and moving for both wellbeing, social and economic reasons during periods of ice and snow. To be able to continue to fulfil BCP Council’s legal obligations within available funding methods, a fundamental service review is required to develop service standards and options to inform operating policies and procedures.


Report author: Kate Langdown

Publication date: 13/09/2019

Date of decision: 11/09/2019

Decided at meeting: 11/09/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 21/09/2019

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