by Jackie Hook on 23 March, 2020
A Message from Highway Management at DCC – As you will know we are being presented by exceptional challenges and Devon County Council will play a critical role in responding to Covid19. Our teams in Highway Management and across the Authority will be essential in helping our communities through this challenge.
These teams will need to adapt and refocus to meet these challenges. I am aware of many questions already raised regarding how we will undertake parking enforcement duties. We must keep the network moving but also we recognise concerns in residential areas where people are needing to park at home more often due to the need to social distance / home work.
Our Traffic Management Team have reviewed deployment ensuring that our provision of parking enforcement is proportionate to the needs of the network as the situation develops. As a minimum the service will seek to maintain free flow of traffic by managing parking on:
In order to focus resources to strategically important locations the service will be downscaled removing enforcement from:
The team are also mindful of protecting our civil enforcement officers from exposure. As we refocus there will be a greater need for staff to be deployed on “mobile” beats, allowing them to operate predominantly from vehicles rather than walked beats. Staff have always been supplied with cleaning products, alcohol / anti bacterial wipes, alcohol hand gel and gloves, and we will continue to ensure these are supplied (so long as supplies are available).
Additionally, as the networks need for enforcement reduces, we are also looking at how these frontline staff can be redeployed to support and build resilience in other highways teams that will become essential to the Authorities response to Covid19.
I hope the above is of assistance, this is a rapidly developing situation and the team will continue to take a dynamic approach to deployment.
STUART HUGHES CC
Cabinet Member for Highway ManagementLeave a comment