Details of how community highways services works

What you need to know about the approach in practice and its operational aspects.

Full details of how community-led highways services can be run, including process flow charts for each service can be found in our Transitional offer of highway services booklet (pdf format, 625Kb).

Services included in the arrangement

Grass cutting (urban) – DPS01

Funding Funding will be available for this service. The figures will be based upon a linear meter.
Description Cutting of urban grass verges twice a year with key visibility areas cut as and when required.
Minimum standards
  • There is no set length that the grass must be cut to, however it must be cut one meter back from the kerb edge a minimum of once a year, unless otherwise agreed.
  • Information on hazard and speed limit signs must be clearly legible to oncoming road users.
  • Visibility splays at road junctions or pedestrian crossings are maintained in a safe manner at all times.
  • Cuttings must be left to mulch on the road side, disposed of commercially or composted in the community. They must not be taken to the local household recycling site.
Health and safety standards
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn/used and correct for the speed of the road being worked on.
  • Correct type of grass cutting equipment used for different environments (steep verges ETC).   A site risk assessment must be carried out.
  • Legislation relating to safe working on/near carriageways must be observed.
  • When using specialist equipment staff must be appropriately trained.
  • Where appropriate works must be noticed to ensure that there is no conflict with works being undertaken by the local highways authority or utility companies. Any locations that require this type of notification will be identified prior to allocation.
Insurance requirements £10 Million Public Liability (for paid operatives).

Grass cutting (rural) – DPS02

Funding Funding will be available for this service. The figures will be based upon a square meter.
Description Cutting of rural grass verges twice a year with key visibility areas cut as and when required.
Minimum standards
  • There is no set length that the grass must be cut to, however it must be cut one meter back from the kerb edge a minimum of once a year, unless otherwise agreed.
  • Information on hazard and speed limit signs must be clearly legible to oncoming road users.
  • Visibility splays at road junctions or pedestrian crossings are maintained in a safe manner at all times.
  • Cuttings must be left to mulch on the road side, disposed of commercially or composted in the community. They must not be taken to the local household recycling site.
Health and safety standards
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn/used and correct for the speed of the road being worked on.
  • Correct type of grass cutting equipment used for different environments (steep verges etc.).
  • A site specific risk assessment must be carried out.
  • Legislation relating to safe working on/near carriageways must be observed.
  • When using specialist equipment staff must be appropriately trained.
  • Where appropriate works must be noticed to ensure that there is no conflict with works being undertaken by the local highways authority or utility companies. Any locations that require this type of notification will be identified prior to allocation.
  • Principal roads will require specific traffic management.  Oxfordshire County Council may be able to supply this function through the highways partnership contract.
Insurance requirements £10 Million Public Liability (for paid operatives)

Vegetation cutback – DP203

Funding Funding will not be on offer for this service.
Description
  • Where vegetation (that is on land that forms part of the public highway) is obscuring pavements or other areas of public highway, this should be removed to ensure pedestrians and vehicles can navigate the route safely.
  • No privately owned hedges are to be trimmed as part of this service (see DPS07).
Minimum standards
  • Pavements must be clear of all obstructions.
  • Pavements are accessible to pedestrians.
  • Encroaching grass must be cut out of pavements.
  • Where landowners are involved they must be made aware of their obligations and prompted to clear footpaths and pavements (see DPS07).
Health and safety standards
  • Personal protective equipment is worn/ used when working on/near carriageways.
  • Legislation relating to safe working on/near carriageways must be observed.
  • When using specialist equipment staff must be appropriately trained.
Insurance requirements £10 Million Public Liability (for paid operatives). The county council covers liability for volunteers groups (non-paid).

Weed control – DPS04

Funding Funding will not be available for this service.
Description
  • Control the spread of noxious weeds (as defined within the Noxious Weeds Act 1959) which can damage habitats and agricultural land.
  • These are: Common ragwort Creeping thistle Field thistle Spear thistle Curled and broad-leaved dock Ragwort
  • Japanese knotweed is not covered by this service as specialist training and chemicals are required.
Minimum standards
  • Footways are kept clear and signs/road furniture on verges are not obscured by weeds/vegetation.
  • The spread of these weeds onto adjacent land is prevented as far is practically possible.
Health and safety standards
  • Personal protective equipment is worn/ used when working on/near carriageways.
  • The employer is responsible for providing all Personal protective equipment stated on the herbicide’s label.
  • Legislation relating to safe working on/near carriageways must be observed.
  • When using specialist equipment staff must be appropriately trained and chemicals stored in accordance with the relevant legislation/regulations.
  • Legislation relating to safe working on/near carriageways/ watercourses must be observed.
Insurance requirements £5 Million Public Liability (for paid operatives). The county council covers liability for volunteers groups (non-paid).

Salt bin management – DPS05

Funding Funding will be available for this service.
Description The restocking of 1,300 salt bins located adjacent to the Public Highway.
Minimum standards Salt bins to be kept stocked during the autumn, winter and early spring period (normally 01 Nov to 31 March).
Health and safety standards
  • Personal protective equipment is worn/ used when working on/near carriageways.
  • The product must be stored in a location and manner that does not enable it to have an impact on the surrounding environment. 
  • No product may leach into any water courses.
  • Operatives filling the salt bins must wear the correct personal protective equipment for the speed of the road that they are working on.
  • Legislation relating to safe working on/near carriageways/ watercourses must be observed.
Insurance requirements £5 Million Public Liability (for paid operatives). The county council covers liability for volunteers groups (non-paid).

Public rights of way – DPS06

Funding Funding will not be available for this service.
Description
  • The undertaking of walked inspections on Oxfordshire’s rural network on an annual basis.
  • The reporting of issues to the county council’s Countryside Access Team for works that are considered to require specialist equipment or knowledge.
Minimum standards
  • Public rights of way are accessible for pedestrians (or other modes of transport relevant to the classification of the rights of way).
  • Walked surveys undertaken on an annual basis by a parish warden with defects found reported to the county council’s Countryside Access Team.
  • Basic defects such as minor vegetation clearance to be undertaken.
Health and safety standards
  • Personal protective equipment is worn/ used when working on/near carriageways.
  • Personal protective equipment suitable for the tools/machines being utilised must be supplied and adhered too. 
  • Training must be given to operatives utilising any form of cutting or mowing equipment.
  • A site specific risk assessment must be carried out, prior to operations commencing.
Insurance requirements £5 Million Public Liability (for paid operatives). The county council covers liability for volunteers groups (non-paid).

School crossing patrol – DPS08

Funding Funding and equipment will be available for this service.
Description The delivery of existing school crossing patrols where the county council can delegate their powers.    The setting-up of additional school crossing patrols within a parish or town.
Minimum standards Existing and proposed new crossings delivered in accordance with the guidelines identified within the School Crossing Patrol Guidelines 2012.
Health and safety standards
  • Correct Personal protective equipment must be worn and suitable training given to operatives. 
  • Stop signs must conform to the School Crossing Patrol Sign (England and Wales) Regulations 2006.
Insurance requirements £10 Million Public Liability (for paid operatives). The county council covers liability for volunteers groups (non-paid).

Street furniture cleaning – DPS12

Funding Funding will not be available for this service
Description
  • The cleaning of information on hazard and regulatory speed limit signs, give way and stop signs, to ensure their legibility to oncoming motorists.
  • The cleaning of non-illuminated bollards and Warning signs IE bends and chevrons
Minimum standards
  • Signs to be cleaned every three years with cold soapy water and a brush as a minimum standard.
  • All Information on hazard and regulatory speed limit signs, give way and stop signs, must be legible to oncoming motorists at all times of the year.
  • Non-illuminated bollards and warning signs IE bends and chevrons to be cleaned.
  • Any defective signs/bits of minor street furniture that are no longer fit for purpose, must be reported back to the County Council.
Health and safety standards
  • Personal protective equipment is worn/ used when working on/near carriageways.
  • Legislation relating to safe working on/near carriageways must be observed.
  • When using specialist equipment staff must be appropriately trained.
  • All proposed ground areas must be checked for underground services prior to any excavation works taking place
Insurance requirements £10 Million Public Liability (for paid operatives).   The county council covers liability for volunteers groups (non-paid).

Volunteer for your community

If you are interested in volunteering for your community then contact your town or parish council.

If you are a parish or town council contact the Volunteer Coordination Team.