Funding for their work to carry on next year was approved by Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment.
The Parish Lengthsman scheme gives local communities more say in the upkeep of their surroundings and to play an active role in the highways service to improve their village environments, while adding value to the County Council's planned and routine maintenance programmes.
Councillor Humby said: “Both the County Council and parish councils greatly value the role of the Parish Lengthsmen in undertaking work on Hampshire’s highway network. The scheme allows quick response to localised issues and I’m pleased we’re able to continue to fund this in acknowledgement of the important role that it plays. We’re keen to extend some of the work the Lengthsmen can do on the highway and are offering Traffic Management training which will enable Lengthsmen to work under the appropriate safety requirements.”
The training will allow the Lengthsman to erect basic traffic management signage and then work within the live carriageway on low speed roads. Currently the Lengthsman are not permitted to work within the live carriageway, only on footways and verges.
The Parish Lengthsman scheme has been in place since 2010, and currently, 187 parishes across Hampshire take advantage of the scheme, normally receiving £1,000 per annum funding from the County Council to finance works undertaken.
The term ‘Lengthsman’ dates back to the 1800s, referring to workers who were responsible for keeping a particular length of road neat and tidy.