Road works permit scheme
The Council, as a highway authority, has a regulatory duty to manage and control the increasing demand on their road network from both road users and those individuals and organisations who need to maintain the roads and essential services located underneath or on the road itself.
The Traffic Management Act (2004) established the Council's regulatory duty to manage this network, and Part 3 of the Act allows for a Council to operate a permit scheme via a legal Order to deliver this duty.
Under a Permit Scheme, any individual or organisation intending to carry out permissible works on the road must make an application to the Council for a permit. The Council has the power to grant or refuse a permit, as well as applying conditions to the permit in relation to the how and when the works are carried out.
Through these powers the Council will be able to coordinate, and control works on the road more effectively.
The Council introduced a permit scheme, the "Wiltshire Council Permit Scheme for Road and Street Works", on the 1 June 2020, via a legal Order.
The primary objective of a permit scheme is to enable the Council to take a more active involvement in the planning and execution of works to reduce potential disruption on the network.. As part of the Council's network management duty, more effective control of road works will help the Council achieve the following benefits: improving journey times and reliability for all our road users;
- reducing the disruption caused by road works;
- improving the information available on works, including advanced warning and duration;
- improving safety for those undertaking works and travelling through works; and
- reducing damage caused to the highway.
The consultation period ran from 9 October 2019 to 4 December 2019.