Issue details

Managing Roadworks, Kent Lane Rental Scheme - 12/01932

To endorse the application to the Department of Transport to introduce the Kent lane Rental Scheme with an aim to bring the scheme onto effect within summer 2013.

How the decision relates to BS4K and Corporate Objectives:
Roadworks are a necessary part of maintaining the highways and services of Kent. Kent has been operating a permit scheme to good effect since 25 January 2010. The proposed Kent Lane Rental Scheme will incentivise innovation and a focus on Kent’s top tier of roads to enable this work to take place with the absolute minimum of inconvenience helping to deliver ‘Growth without Gridlock’

Impact/costs and risks of proposed decision:
The cost of developing and running of the scheme will be covered fully by the charges received under the scheme. There will need to be parity with Kent’s own work however the charges should be able to be minimised by good working practices. The scheme will deliver a significant surplus which under the regulations will need to be reinvested into the street and road works industry to fund initiatives to reduce congestion.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Decision due: 27 Sep 2012 by Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: David Latham, Roadworks & Enforcement Manager Email: Tel: 01233 614126.

Consultation process



The project to develop the Kent Lane Rental Scheme has included senior members of the National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) on the project board and also included in the schemes development is a local stakeholders group forum from South East Joint Utilities Group (SEJUG). This early proactive involvement has lead to a jointly developed scheme aimed at being workable, practical, fair and effective.

Aims and level(s) of consultation (KCC consultation levels attached)

Statutory 12 week public and stakeholder consultation

Key consultee groups

Street works and road works industry, transport stakeholders, Parish and District Councils, the public.

Start and finish dates of consultation.

End of June to Mid September

Equalities Impact Assessment included in the consultation documentation. Please state where this can be found.

No but will be available on the Kent Lane Rental page on KCC’s website.

Date of publication of consultation outcomes and updated Equalities Impact Assessment

Completed for 20 September Cabinet report.

Informing Only (Who and when)


Has the matter already been discussed by a Cabinet Committee? If not when will be it discussed by the Cabinet Committee and the date of the meeting

Previously part of Informal Members group report recommendations to Cabinet Committee on 11 May 2012


Is the matter referred to in your Business Plan or Medium Term Capital Programme?



Which Members and electoral Divisions are affected by this proposed decision? Is it All Members?

All members


Financial implications: David Latham, Highways and Transportation,

Legal implications: 12/01932

Equalities implications: N/a