Susan van de Ven

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Bassingbourn, Melbourn, Meldreth and Whaddon Learn more

Staff shortages – Highways Dept

by Susan van de Ven on 2 October, 2018

I’ve submitted this question to the October full council meeting:

Part of the division I represent has had no Local Highways Officer for nearly a year.  Now the post of District Manager, who oversees the Local Highways Officers, is vacant.

Another Local Highways Officer from a neighbouring patch has been assigned to help cover the gap.  He now has responsibility for 37 villages, and no money left until next financial year.

The County Council is doing its best to recruit to both the Local Highways Officer and District Manager posts.

As Local Member, what response should I give to requests from my residents for reasonable work that needs doing, knowing that existing staff are vastly overstretched and that money has run out less than half-way through the financial year?

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