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Dorset highway maintenance and transportation DT1

Location: UK » South West » DT
Sector: Transport

Dorset County Council is proposing the following savings to its highways and transportation service in 2011/12:

• transferring responsibility for amenity planting and grass cutting to district/borough councils as in other 2 tier authorities (subject to legal advice);
• reducing routine maintenance on parts of the road network that are least used (e.g. cul de sacs, back lanes and duplicate routes);
• moving to part-night street light burning in urban and rural residential areas (may prove difficult to make saving within 2011/12);
• transferring responsibility for school crossing patrols in areas of low risk to community/school volunteers in line with practice elsewhere;
• road safety - focusing expenditure on the ‘No Excuse’ campaign and reducing Dorset Road Safe Partnership funding in line with government cuts of 28 percent;
• ceasing advertisements of temporary traffic regulation orders in the paper;
• reducing the number of staff working on operations, strategy, business support, communications and dealing with enquiries and complaints

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