The capital programme report was considered at the Economy, Transport and Environment decision day public meeting, held on 29 July. Councillor Humby said: “Like all local authorities, we face the constant challenge of delivering public services with reduced Government funding but, over the past 15 months, on top of that there have been additional pressures that came with the pandemic. I am really impressed that we have been able to surmount those issues and ensure that planned schemes and initiatives to improve our environment and boost the local economy remained on track.
“Securing the level of additional funding to support specific areas of work is testament to the high regard in which this Authority is held at a national level and reflects the high level of professional expertise and experience that we have.”
The report summarises the Authority’s progress and achievements in the financial year 2020-21 and the first three months of the current year (April to June 2021), including details of a number of successful bids for funding for specific areas of work.
The achievements include:
• Completion of £50 million worth of major road, transport infrastructure and safety schemes;
• Completion of 66 Casualty Reduction schemes aimed at reducing the number and severity of traffic collisions on County Council maintained roads;
• Completing 478 planned highways maintenance schemes across the county;
• An additional £1 million of focused carriageway resurfacing works, at 25 junctions around the county;
• Securing external funding, from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Department for Transport and Highways England to support more than 40 per cent of the Economy, Transport and Environment Department’s delivery of the capital programme;
• Continued good progress on a variety of bridges projects including Holmsley Bridge in the New Forest and Redbridge Causeway in the Totton area;
• Signing of the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) funding agreements with Portsmouth City Council (£19 million) and Southampton City Council (£16 million)
• Over 40 Tranche 1 Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) schemes were delivered, following the £0.863 million grant award in June 2020 for a range of temporary measures, across the county, designed to improve walking and cycling facilities whilst maintaining a safe social distance;
• Completion of feasibility work on the two potential sites for a new Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in north Hampshire (n.b. work continues on the wider service provision review in north Hampshire taking account of areas of significant development and suitability of existing facilities;
• And, significant progress made on the Buckskin Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) and the Mainstone and Middlebridge elements of the Romsey scheme.
Additions to the Capital Programme for 2021-22
At the meeting, in noting the update report, Councillor Humby also approved inclusion of the following additional two schemes:
• Andover Road Signalised Pedestrian Crossing scheme (£0.26 million);
• Eastleigh Area Public Transport Infrastructure scheme (£0.416 million).