Devon Highways Parish & Town Council Update - Spring 2019


Introducing you to Roadmap, a highways update created specifically for Parish & Town Councils

Welcome to the third edition of Roadmap.  Roadmap provides information and updates from the Highway Service and has been created specifically for Parish & Town Councils.

If you have any feedback please let us know as we would like to shape this publication based on your requirements.  If you would like to make a contribution please also let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.  We hope to provide an edition of Roadmap twice a year, however if there is a need to increase the frequency we will look to do so.

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Funding news

Devon welcomes highway budget windfall

In November's Budget it was announced that the government was allocating £420 million in the 2018/19 financial year for local highway maintenance, including the repair of potholes, to keep local bridges and structures open and safe, as well as to help aid any other minor highway works that may be needed.

To find out how much was allocated to Devon please click here.



Tree Management - Ash Dieback

Devon, as a county, has over 20% of its tree coverage made up of Ash Fraxinus excelsior whilst nationally it is only 8% . Devon County Council has seen an increase in the pathogen Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, or Ash dieback, across the County in the last few years with the mortality rate, due to this disease, being predicted as high as 90% from this tree pathogen outbreak.

Please continue reading our article for important information,  including landowner responsibilities.

Pothole reports

Since July 2018, Devon Highways have been trialling a triage process to verify the accuracy of potholes reported via our report a problem page.

For further details please click here.


Community works - training requirements

For information regarding training requirements, for community works, please read our article.

Devon Roadworks - Permit Scheme

A letter has recently been sent to all parish and town council's regarding the management of road works from January 2020.

For a copy of the letter please click here.

Parish and Town Council Conferences

Plans are underway for the next Parish and Town Council Conferences which we hope to hold in July of this year.  Further details will be available shortly.



Permanent Pothole Repair (PPR) Material

Please be aware that we no longer hold stocks of PPR material for collection.  If you would like material, and are signed up to the Road Warden scheme, please complete a HMCEF application form detailing the amount you require.  Orders under the value of £300.00 (approx. 28 tubs) are subject to a standard delivery fee of £30.00 which we ask that the parish/town council covers.  Orders over £300.00 do not incur a delivery fee.  We will continue to provide the material free of charge.

If you would like to undertake pothole repairs in your communities please, in the first instance, liaise with your Neighbourhood Highway Officer.


Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund (HMCEF)

The final funding round, for 2018/19, was undertaken in March.  A total of 11 applications were received and we were able to approve 8.  We have requested further information from the remaining 3 applications and also hope to support these applications.

We have received a total of 61 applications this year and approved 51.

Funding is in place for 2019/20 and applications are now being received, however they will not be assessed until June.

If you would like to submit a request for funding please complete our online application form.

Spring 2019

Useful links

Neighbourhood Highway Officer (NHO)

Each electoral division has a designated NHO who provides local support and information on highway matters.  They are your main point of contact for Devon Highways.

Report a problem

Report a number of problems, including potholes, using our webpages.  Guidance notes are available here.


Found out what roadworks are going on in your area and sign up to automatic alerts;

We also create dedicated webpages for works which are likely to have a high impact on the travelling public.  These are available to view here.

Surfacing works

Our preventative surfacing works programme started at the beginning of the year with Skanska carrying out pre-patching work in readiness for surfacing to take place.  Kiely's are our contractor for the surfacing works and they will begin in April.  For a full list of sites and for further information please visit our dedicated webpage.

Open Data

Access our open data resource which includes details of our drainage assets and our highway inspection frequency.

Highway Safety Awareness e-learning course

A free e-learning course is available, which we recommend is undertaken by anybody who wishes to, or is interested in, undertaking community works on or near the highway.  If you would like to register volunteers for this course, please send their name and email addresses to this mailbox.


Pinpoint Devon enables users to find care and support services, residential homes, advice services, community groups, activity clubs, registered childcare and much more across Devon.

Cash boost for volunteers and communities in Devon to help themselves. 

Please read our recent news article which details a number of new funding opportunities that are available. 

Community self help schemes and volunteering

For details on our Road Warden, Snow Warden and Parish Paths Partnership schemes, as well as a number of other schemes, please visit our communities webpages.