New plan to crackdown on abandoned skips and temporary traffic with no workers
A new council plan will aim to crackdown on the amount of abandoned skips, temporary traffic lights with no one working and unnecessary road obstructions.
Scaffolds, skips and temporary taffic lights could face tighter rules to reduce road delays.
According to North East Lincolnshire Council their Street Works Licence will encourage comapnies to be more responsible.
Operators would have to apply for the licence before they can put skips, traffic lights or scaffolding on roads.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn told a Cabinet meeting: “We’ve all see abandoned skips and temporary traffic lights with no one working at them all over this borough.
“We need to ensure that items on the highways are regulated more effectively.
“Without this scheme, we will continue seeing them on the roads ad hoc as people do whatever they want.
“It’s time we started to manage our highways better than in the past.
“Officers will visit areas to ensure that licences are being complied with – if not, the relevant people will suffer the consequences.”
Local residents in Waltham have been left outraged recently as temporary traffic lights have left some motorists queuing for up to half an hour.
The lights were installed on Cheapside by Anglian Water as workers are carrying out maintenance on the water network.
After residents complained to the company about the disruption Anglian Water agreed to change the four way system to three.
The operating hours will also be changed from 24 hours, now taking place between 8 am and 5 pm.
Councillor Ron Shepherd said: “The amount of unattended signs is getting higher. The last thing residents want to see are traffic lights where no one is working, or skips which have been abandoned anywhere.
“We will see the benefit of this on our roads quickly.”
Should the plans be passed by the scrutiny panel the scheme could come into force by July this year.