Decision details

Highway Safety Inspection Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet gave consideration to a report of the Executive Director, Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods which sought approval of a new Highways Safety Inspection Policy.

The report provided details of how Oldham Council would carry out proactive and reactive safety inspections to ensure the Council could meet its statutory duty to maintain the highway.

The existing policy had been in place since 2013 and it was considered appropriate to refresh the policy. This would enable the Council to comply with the ‘Well –managed Highway Infrastructure: A Code of Parctice’2016 and enable consistency within the Greater Manchester area through the Greater Manchester Highway Inspection Framework (GMHIF) as detailed at appendix B. The ten Greater Manchester authorities were working towards implementing the GMHIF which was compliant with the (WmHI) by April 2018.

Options/alternatives considered

Option1 – Approve the new Highway Safety Inspection Policy. The advantages were:

·       Compliance with WmHI

·       Collaborative working with colleagues in neighbouring Greater Manchester Authorities

·       Risk assessed approach to safety inspections.

Option 2 – Retain the existing policy published in 2013.

Disadvantages were:

·       Education in inspection frequencies

·       Additional pressures on highways budget

·       Increased risk of kerb repairs not being completed on time


RESOLVED – That the new Highway Safety Inspection Policy as detailed at appendix A be approved.

Publication date: 27/03/2018

Date of decision: 26/03/2018

Decided at meeting: 26/03/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 04/04/2018

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