Shropshire Council has formed a new seven-year partnership responsible for delivering a wide range of highways maintenance and environmental maintenance services.

Its partners are WSP, its engineering consultant, and Kier – the council’s new highways maintenance contractor. Kier will be responsible for highways projects and schemes, pothole repair, gritting, bridge maintenance, grass cutting, drainage, street lighting, emergency responses, vehicle maintenance and more.

Shropshire Council has also welcomed the award of almost £1.86m from the Department for Transport to help repair potholes and protect the county’s roads from future severe weather. This money will be added to the council’s 2018/19 highways budget so that proper engineering treatments can be applied once the weather improves.

I have asked that the Council’s routine Winter Review process takes account of concerns local residents expressed to me over the past four months. The location and filling of grit bins was reported as an issue, together with snow ploughing, gritting and the routes which attract early treatment during snowy and icy weather.