Improving local places and spaces

How we can help communities become resilient and tackle issues with highways in their local areas.

1 Overview

Very often in life a 'one size fits all' approach just doesn't work, and our highways are no different. To get the best deal for our county's communities, West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has come up with a new way of working.

We will still deal with:

  • safety-related work (such as pothole repairs)
  • essential tree maintenance
  • drainage repairs and gully cleaning
  • safety lines and signs
  • road resurfacing, when needed
  • grass cutting.

However, in some areas of work we need to reduce levels of service and help local communities influence and be part of the delivery of local priorities impacting their neighbourhoods.

Hear from our Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure on how you can get involved in improving local places and spaces.

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2 Where communities can help

Local communities can now get more involved in influencing and being part of delivering the priorities impacting their neighbourhoods. There are three areas in which communities can become involved:

You can find out more by reading our booklet:

3 Community highways partnerships

Parish and town councils can undertake a variety of maintenance activities by signing a simple agreement with WSCC.

Wording in the agency agreement (PDF, 179KB)

The types of activities include:

  • grass cutting
  • weed spraying on footpaths and kerbs
  • footpath siding
  • tree work, including removing epicormic growth around trees
  • strimming landscaped areas
  • cutting back/clearing overgrown vegetation
  • maintaining roundabouts
  • clearing gullies of leaves
  • cleaning signs
  • removing unofficial signs, verge markers and estate agent boards that pose a danger to road users
  • removing graffiti
  • dealing with licensing requests, such as advertising boards or busking
  • inspections
  • enforcement, such as issuing letters to ask for considerate parking or to cut back private vegetation, or for signs and advertising boards that don't have permission to be there.

Watch the video below to see how Henfield Parish Council are working with Highways to improve their local neighbourhood.

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4 Community-led improvements

You can find out how to get involved in improving your local highway on:

Hear from the Fixing and Linking our Wetlands (FLOW) project and how they work with and receive support from Operation Watershed.

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5 Community action

We help communities and volunteer groups to actively enhance their neighbourhood through various activities. Groups are given guidance about how to tackle low level highways issues in their area which otherwise may be low priority for WSCC. These include:

  • cutting back overgrown vegetation
  • trimming the edges of grass verges
  • clearing weeds
  • sign and bollard cleaning
  • hand clearing gullies and ditches
  • removing unlawful signs
  • siding footpaths and cycle paths
  • creating a flood action group.

Watch the video below to see how Tarring Flood Action Group have reduced their risk of flooding.

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Community volunteering

If you are a willing group of community volunteers, and local projects require more support, you may be able to assist with:

  • training
  • risk assessments
  • limited tools loan
  • providing extra pairs of hands.

For volunteering opportunities see Volunteering in the countryside and environment and our Community volunteer team page.

Last updated:
2 September 2020
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