Small works mean a big deal in Oxfordshire

Ask someone about highway works and they may tell you that it's about building new roads or filling potholes.

But Oxfordshire County Council also works all year round doing some small-scale but very important work under its new minor works programme.

These relatively small and varied jobs make a big difference in towns and villages and are undertaken by four small teams who travel round the county and have so far, since July 2017, completed more than 160 jobs, with more being done all the time.

Around £480,000 has been allocated so that the teams who are each equipped with a truck and tools, with specialist gear such as mini diggers being called in when needed.

The works are not considered to be safety defects or urgent, but have been identified by county council staff for action following requests from town and parish councils and reports made on Fix My Street.

As the photos show the teams do a wide variety of work and have recently cleared vegetation from footways, rebuilt steps, repaired and installed dropped kerbs and cleared road drainage.

County Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “These little pieces of work make a big difference to local communities and I would like to thank the teams who turn out in all weathers to make repairs and improvements.”

You can problem on the road or pavement in your area visit https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/