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Funding for local highway work

The Surrey County Council Localism scheme replaced the Lengthsman scheme. The scheme helps to conserve and enhance the character of the county, retain attractive towns, villages and countryside.

The County Council is facing financial challenges. Budgets have been reduced because of extra demands (such as adult social care) and changes to the central government funding formula.

As a result of reduced budgets, the level of funding available for localism work has been reduced. It is the responsibility of the Local Committee to determine how resources are allocated and whether localism grants can be prioritised in the future.

Currently the committees have not allocated budgets to the localism scheme. We recognise that the funding made available in the past was highly valued and contributed to the enhancement the county.

Although funding is not currently available, we want to provide opportunities for local organisations to carry out highway works, by funding them from their own budgets. These would typically include the works covered by the localism scheme detailed below.

If your organisation would like to carry out any of these works, by paying for them from your budgets, or for more information, please contact us.

Type of work included in the scheme (subject to agreement)

Works that would normally be carried out by the highway authority are:

  • Grass cutting
  • Cutting back vegetation overhanging the road or footway
  • Clearing footways of weeds/moss
  • Removing vegetation from parapets or fences
  • Signs, excluding street name plates (including reflector posts) for example: cleaning, minor repairs
  • Drainage for example: localised ditching, cleaning channels
  • Storm debris and litter

There are instances where hedges or ditches are not maintained by the council and would therefore not be eligible for the localism scheme. Contact your Local Highway Officer, who will be able to provide more information about localism work.

Requirements to consider before applying

Anyone carrying out work on the highway must have:

  • A minimum of £5 million Public Liability Insurance.
  • The relevant training and experience to carry out the work.

How to apply

Before you apply, please contact your County Councillor to discuss your request and get their support.

Please email your proposal to highways@surreycc.gov.uk an Officer in the Highways Service will contact you to discuss your request.

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