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Case Study

Vegetation Clearance in Talaton

wooden shelter with seating on grass verge at side of a road

Talaton Parish Council have secured funding through the Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund to assist with general highway related maintenance throughout the parish.


Following a public consultation in 2014, a change in policy was agreed.  Devon County Council carry out grass-cutting on highway verges in areas that are key to maintaining visibility, such as at junctions, laybys, and the inside of bends.

The parish council have been proactive in carrying out highway work, which  has involved vegetation clearance around benches, shelters, dog bins and the bank adjacent to Orchard Close. The work has helped to keep footpaths safe for pedestrians, improves visibility and helps to promote a tidy village.

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team members getting out signs before commencing work

Following the receipt of a further grant from the Highways Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund, Thornbury Hamlets has been able to purchase a new whacker plate and a variety of shovels and brushes, to speed up our work. Read more >

cars on road with pavement and hedges running alongside coming up to a sharp left hand bend with the black and white roadsigns that symbolise this

Ilfracombe Town Council employ a town maintenance operative, whose role includes keeping the town tidy and free from weeds, cutting grass verges, pruning trees, clearing drains and filling minor potholes.  A group of volunteers also carry out minor works under supervision. Read more >

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Ugborough Parish Council received funding over two years under the Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund (HMCEF). Read more >

salt spreader

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flail cutting along pavement into Knowle

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man cutting back weeds on devon country road

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Pothole filling trials

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