What is highways self help?
Highways self help is when an individual or organisation carries out minor works in or around the public highway.
What type of work can be done and where?
The following work can be completed under a road closure or using appropriate traffic management:
- clearing weeds
- cleaning signs
- cleaning drainage (gully grating)
- cutting grass
- repairing finger posts
- cutting hedges
- set up a road closure for special events
- Managing verges for wildlife
The above list is not exhaustive.
Works on the live carriageway (open to traffic) should only be carried out by contractors who hold the necessary qualifications. Volunteers should not carry out works on the live carriageway unless the work is being undertaken through the Road Warden Scheme.
All works should be discussed, in the first instance, with the local Highway Neighbourhood Officer.
How to get involved
Town and parish councils: If you’d like to carry out a self-help project and would like further advice call 0345 155 1004 or email email@example.com
Individual volunteers and community self-help groups: The majority of self-help projects are organised via town or parish councils. Contact your parish or town council, in the first instance, to see if there are any projects arranged and offer your assistance. To get the right contact details for your area please use the postcode checker below. If the parish or town council don’t have anything planned, contact Devon County Council on 0345 155 1004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we may have something planned which you can get involved in.