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Roads and Highways

A12 looking westboundEssex County Council is responsible for Highways in Brentwood.

www.essex.gov.uk/highways

Tel: 0345 603 7631 (Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 5pm. Outside of these times is an emergency out-of-hours service)

Please see table below for details of Essex County Council Highways responsibilities.

Report a fault on the highway - including potholes and street lighting defects

Alternatively, call 0345 603 7631.

Roadworks

Winter Service

The following covers all areas of responsibility for Essex County Council (ECC) in respect to the Highways.

Essex County Council Highways Responsibilities
  
Any highway emergency

Any road traffic accidents should be reported to the emergency services in the first instance.

Icy roads, flooding, obstruction on public highway, fallen trees, street lighting etc should be reported to the West Area Highways Office.

Sewer blockages should be reported to the relevant Water Authority

Dangerous structures and public safetyThe County Council is responsible for ensuring that the highway is kept safe. This includes responsibility for structures. However, if these are owned by a third party then there are limits to what the County Council can do.
WallsGenerally, any boundary wall to the Highway is the responsibility of the adjacent landowner. However, if the wall is supporting the Highway or land adjacent to it, the County Council may be responsible for its maintenance and up keep.
Bridges (general)ECC is responsible for most bridges carrying a road, but there are some privately owned structures.
Bridge strengtheningThe County Council carries out annual programmes to assess the load carrying capacity of bridges. If a weak bridge is identified, measures are taken to strengthen it or alternatively a weight limit restriction may be imposed.
Road markings and signage - red routesThe County Council does not have any plans for Red Routes. The County Council is responsible for road markings and signage.
Maintenance programme and structural surveysECC as Highways Authority undertakes route surveys into the condition of its principal roads, non-principal roads and footways.
Flooding (drains and gullies)The County Council is responsible for dealing with flooding problems on the highway. However, the reasons for the flooding may be the responsibility of a third party, e.g. an adjacent landowner or the Environment Agency.
Licences and permissions

The County Council, along with District, Parish and Town Councils is responsible for issuing licences and permissions to undertake works or placing items in the Highway.

The main areas where the County Council has responsibility are skips; scaffolding licences; drops and drop kerbs for driveways, banners, hoardings and signs.

Vehicle crossingsApplications can be made directly to the West Area Highways Office. In some cases, planning permissions will be required depending on the classification of the road.
Applications for disabled baysAll applications are made through Occupational Therapy – Social Service ECC (contact details below), who shall forward it to the West Area Highways Office.
Weight limits

ECC is responsible for introducing weight limits on bridges and roads where necessary.

With regard to abnormal loads, ECC are a statutory consultee.

The enforcement of weigh restriction traffic regulation orders falls to ECC Trading Standards (contact details below) and can also be enforced by Essex Police.

Enforcement

ECC is also responsible for making traffic orders and shares responsibility for enforcing these orders with the Police, District/Borough Councils and ECC Trading Standards.

The enforcement of parking traffic regulation orders falls to the District/Borough Council

The enforcement of weigh restriction traffic regulation orders falls to ECC Trading Standards (contact details below) and can also be enforced by Essex Police.

GrittingThe County Council is responsible for taking reasonable steps to keep the highway free from snow and ice. In Essex this duty is discharged mainly by salting (gritting) roads before frosts. However, only approximately 40% of the highway network is treated in this way. ECC work with other local authorities to provide gritting to areas with heavy footfall.
Snow clearanceIn times of heavy snow the County Council endeavours to clear the roads and pavements as quickly as possible in accordance with their policy. Operations are controlled carefully to ensure that areas of greatest risk are treated first.
Lighting and traffic lights

The County Council is responsible for maintaining the majority of street lighting on the majority of roads in the County. District and Parish Councils can also provide and maintain streetlights.

Provision of traffic lights and their operation and maintenance is a County Council role.

Traffic signals (permanent)Should any faults occur, please contact the West Area Highways Office.
Temporary Traffic LightsShould you need to use temporary traffic lights for works you are planning to carry out then contact the West Area Highways Office.
VergesThe majority of verges which are within the boundary of the Highway are the responsibility of the County Council, but local arrangements for their maintenance have been made in some areas with District and Parish Councils.
Safety CamerasAll cameras and the provision of new camera sites are the responsibility of the Essex Camera Partnership.
Road SafetyThe Road Safety Service aims to inform and educate all classes of road users to avoid having crashes and to reduce the number of people being killed and injured on the roads. Education, training, publicity engineering and enforcement all have a role to play in casualty reduction.
School Crossing PatrolsThe County Council provide school crossing patrols (lollipop ladies and men) to help pupils and adults at places where it can be hazardous or difficult to cross the road.
Traffic Calming

National guidance and the ECC Speed Management Strategy control the provision of traffic calming.

The Essex Police (contact details below) are the enforcing authority for all existing speed limits.

Speed Limits

ECC is responsible for the setting of speed limits, in accordance with local and national guidance.

Essex Police (contact details below) is responsible for enforcement of speed limits.

Requests for parking schemesThese should be submitted to the West Area Highways Office.
Requests for dropped kerbsThese should be submitted to the West Area Highways Office.
Road adoptionThe County Council maintains a register of all roads for which it has a responsibility to maintain. When a new road is built as part of an estate, the County Council would adopt the road for maintenance once it is satisfied that it is in good condition and meets ECC criteria for adoption. There are still a small proportion of roads in the County that are not maintainable by the County Council.
Requests for junction protection or any other traffic related schemesThese should be submitted to the West Area Highways Office.

 

Brentwood Borough Council

Any enquiries pertaining to naming and numbering of roads, parking, car parks, applications for table and chair licences, and grass verge maintenance should be directed to Brentwood Borough Council. On Street Parking permit applications should be directed to Chelmsford City Council.

 

Additional Contacts

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Roads and Highways

Essex County Council is responsible for Highways in Brentwood.

www.essex.gov.uk/highways

Tel: 0345 603 7631 (Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 5pm. Outside of these times is an emergency out-of-hours service)

Please see table below for details of Essex County Council Highways responsibilities.

Report a fault on the highway - including potholes and street lighting defects

Alternatively, call 0345 603 7631.

Roadworks

Winter Service

The following covers all areas of responsibility for Essex County Council (ECC) in respect to the Highways.

Essex County Council Highways Responsibilities
  
Any highway emergency

Any road traffic accidents should be reported to the emergency services in the first instance.

Icy roads, flooding, obstruction on public highway, fallen trees, street lighting etc should be reported to the West Area Highways Office.

Sewer blockages should be reported to the relevant Water Authority

Dangerous structures and public safetyThe County Council is responsible for ensuring that the highway is kept safe. This includes responsibility for structures. However, if these are owned by a third party then there are limits to what the County Council can do.
WallsGenerally, any boundary wall to the Highway is the responsibility of the adjacent landowner. However, if the wall is supporting the Highway or land adjacent to it, the County Council may be responsible for its maintenance and up keep.
Bridges (general)ECC is responsible for most bridges carrying a road, but there are some privately owned structures.
Bridge strengtheningThe County Council carries out annual programmes to assess the load carrying capacity of bridges. If a weak bridge is identified, measures are taken to strengthen it or alternatively a weight limit restriction may be imposed.
Road markings and signage - red routesThe County Council does not have any plans for Red Routes. The County Council is responsible for road markings and signage.
Maintenance programme and structural surveysECC as Highways Authority undertakes route surveys into the condition of its principal roads, non-principal roads and footways.
Flooding (drains and gullies)The County Council is responsible for dealing with flooding problems on the highway. However, the reasons for the flooding may be the responsibility of a third party, e.g. an adjacent landowner or the Environment Agency.
Licences and permissions

The County Council, along with District, Parish and Town Councils is responsible for issuing licences and permissions to undertake works or placing items in the Highway.

The main areas where the County Council has responsibility are skips; scaffolding licences; drops and drop kerbs for driveways, banners, hoardings and signs.

Vehicle crossingsApplications can be made directly to the West Area Highways Office. In some cases, planning permissions will be required depending on the classification of the road.
Applications for disabled baysAll applications are made through Occupational Therapy – Social Service ECC (contact details below), who shall forward it to the West Area Highways Office.
Weight limits

ECC is responsible for introducing weight limits on bridges and roads where necessary.

With regard to abnormal loads, ECC are a statutory consultee.

The enforcement of weigh restriction traffic regulation orders falls to ECC Trading Standards (contact details below) and can also be enforced by Essex Police.

Enforcement

ECC is also responsible for making traffic orders and shares responsibility for enforcing these orders with the Police, District/Borough Councils and ECC Trading Standards.

The enforcement of parking traffic regulation orders falls to the District/Borough Council

The enforcement of weigh restriction traffic regulation orders falls to ECC Trading Standards (contact details below) and can also be enforced by Essex Police.

GrittingThe County Council is responsible for taking reasonable steps to keep the highway free from snow and ice. In Essex this duty is discharged mainly by salting (gritting) roads before frosts. However, only approximately 40% of the highway network is treated in this way. ECC work with other local authorities to provide gritting to areas with heavy footfall.
Snow clearanceIn times of heavy snow the County Council endeavours to clear the roads and pavements as quickly as possible in accordance with their policy. Operations are controlled carefully to ensure that areas of greatest risk are treated first.
Lighting and traffic lights

The County Council is responsible for maintaining the majority of street lighting on the majority of roads in the County. District and Parish Councils can also provide and maintain streetlights.

Provision of traffic lights and their operation and maintenance is a County Council role.

Traffic signals (permanent)Should any faults occur, please contact the West Area Highways Office.
Temporary Traffic LightsShould you need to use temporary traffic lights for works you are planning to carry out then contact the West Area Highways Office.
VergesThe majority of verges which are within the boundary of the Highway are the responsibility of the County Council, but local arrangements for their maintenance have been made in some areas with District and Parish Councils.
Safety CamerasAll cameras and the provision of new camera sites are the responsibility of the Essex Camera Partnership.
Road SafetyThe Road Safety Service aims to inform and educate all classes of road users to avoid having crashes and to reduce the number of people being killed and injured on the roads. Education, training, publicity engineering and enforcement all have a role to play in casualty reduction.
School Crossing PatrolsThe County Council provide school crossing patrols (lollipop ladies and men) to help pupils and adults at places where it can be hazardous or difficult to cross the road.
Traffic Calming

National guidance and the ECC Speed Management Strategy control the provision of traffic calming.

The Essex Police (contact details below) are the enforcing authority for all existing speed limits.

Speed Limits

ECC is responsible for the setting of speed limits, in accordance with local and national guidance.

Essex Police (contact details below) is responsible for enforcement of speed limits.

Requests for parking schemesThese should be submitted to the West Area Highways Office.
Requests for dropped kerbsThese should be submitted to the West Area Highways Office.
Road adoptionThe County Council maintains a register of all roads for which it has a responsibility to maintain. When a new road is built as part of an estate, the County Council would adopt the road for maintenance once it is satisfied that it is in good condition and meets ECC criteria for adoption. There are still a small proportion of roads in the County that are not maintainable by the County Council.
Requests for junction protection or any other traffic related schemesThese should be submitted to the West Area Highways Office.

 

Brentwood Borough Council

Any enquiries pertaining to naming and numbering of roads, parking, car parks, applications for table and chair licences, and grass verge maintenance should be directed to Brentwood Borough Council. On Street Parking permit applications should be directed to Chelmsford City Council.

 

Additional Contacts