Salford City Council - Record of Decision
Approve the proposed programme of work for the Highway Drainage Investment Programme (DIP) 2020/21 and the Culvert Investment Programme (CIP) for 2020/21, as outlined in the report.
The Reasons are:
To facilitate continuous improvement of the highway drainage infrastructure as part of the defined Network Recovery Plan as part of the ongoing rolling programme of drainage repair works
Options considered and rejected were:
No other options were considered for this report.
Assessment of Risk:
Medium – It is important that the existing highway drainage and culvert infrastructure improvements continue in order to ensure that surface flooding is minimised and that the capacity of existing systems is maximised, especially in view of the recent weather conditions that have been experienced within the City.
The source of funding is: Prudential Code funding (Capital)
Legal Advice obtained: Yes- Tony Hemingway Principal Solicitor & Azra Furheen- Solicitor-0161 219 6323
The Council as highway authority has a number of statutory duties and powers in relation to flooding matters on highways maintainable at the public expense. The Highway Authority must take such care in all the circumstances as is reasonably required to ensure that the highway is not dangerous for traffic and for the public. On highways liable to flooding to a considerable depth, the authority has a duty to provide graduated posts or stones indicating the depth of water covering the highway where it is considered necessary or desirable. The Council also has a duty to remove obstructions arising from snow, from falling down of banks/landslides on the side of the highway, or from any other cause.
The Council has undertaken recent surveys and investigation of the highways drainage systems and identified a prioritised programme of repairs to ensure that the worst areas of flooding and structural defects are addressed first. Similarly the culverts for which it is responsible have undergone surveys leading to prioritised repairs according to the future likelihood of collapses, blockages, and flooding, whilst considering also location and previous history.
The proposals in the report for DIP and CIP will assist the Council in complying with these duties and strengthen the Council’s position in establishing a defence to any associated potential 3rd party claims by demonstrating that there is in place a sufficiently robust regime to undertake structural repairs and maintenance of highways and culvert drainage schemes.
Depending on the value of the works to be undertaken as part of the DIP and/or CIP, Urban Vision may be instructed to carry out such works under the terms of the Development Services Partnering Agreement, or Council may appoint contractors following a mini competition exercise from its framework agreement for Civil and Highways Engineering. Should the value of any such works exceed £150,000, a separate report will need to be presented to Procurement Board for decision.
Financial Advice obtained: Yes – Alison Woods, Finance Officer, Tel. 925 1135
There is sufficient funding within the approved 2020/21 Highways Capital Investment programme, to fund the £200,000 works identified for the Drainage Improvement Programme and the £73,000 works identified for the Culvert Improvement Programme.
All expenditure should be closely monitored to ensure that these schemes are delivered within the allocated resources.
Procurement Advice obtained: Yes- Tom Woods, Procurement Officer 686 6296
A contract is currently in place with a drainage supplier to provide the Drainage and Culvert Investment Programmes. The contract was awarded by Urban Vision Partnership Limited and novated over to Salford City Council.
Contact Officer: Steve Mangan Tel No 0161 603 4034
This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member.
The appropriate scrutiny panel to call-in the decision is the Growth & Prosperity Scrutiny Panel.
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