Tuesday, 27 July 2010

£3600 cost of painting yellow lines to be reviewed by council and government

On Sunday I blogged about the frankly incredible costs of traffic regulation orders and how it would cost at least £3600 and take eleven people to paint just 40 feet of yellow line outside the old Newport Post Office in Launceston.

I've had a couple of updates since that time.

On Sunday I compared the Cornwall costs with the figure of £800 that I was quoted as being the charge in Cumbria. In fact, this turns out to be the cost for a different type of order and the typical cost across the country is between £3000 and £4000. It's still outrageous, bit it does appear that Cornwall is not completely out of step with other authorities.

The good news is that the Government has acknowledged that these costs are way too high and they are reviewing the system at the moment.

Today I questioned Highways Cabinet member Graeme Hicks on the issue and he agreed that he would look at the way that Cornwall Council operates the system to see if there could be any cuts in charges or staff time.

Any changes which could see the process made quicker or the amount of bureaucracy cut will be very good news and I look forward to hearing more as soon as changes are made.

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