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Case Study

Highway Self Help – The Marwood handyman

overgrown hedges on narrow country lane

Marwood Parish Council joined the highway self help scheme and uses its funds towards maintenance and a parish handyman. He works within the seven Marwood Parish hamlets to:

  • clean road signs 
  • keep grass and weeds cut back – he regularly cuts the grass on Marwood Green
  • cut back foliage along roads and lanes especially on corners to keep a good sight-line
  • clear drains (cost met by the Parish Council)

Being part of the scheme meant that early in 2016 he was able to hire a tractor and shovel to clear debris as a result of heavy rain.

The parish fund these community activities both through the Town and Parish (TAP) fund and with other parish funds. Devon County Council’s Neighbourhood Highway Officer provides support. 

 

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