Lancashire County Council: LCRIG

Lancashire County Council has been part of LCRIG for several years, and appreciates the benefits of being part of this benchmarking and improvement group.

Paul Binks, who started representing Lancashire at LCRIG a year ago, feels that the most useful aspect is the openness and willingness to share experiences. Instead of operating in isolation, the representatives on LCRIG talk to each other, ask for help and find out what each other is doing.

This translates into practical improvements for each authority. For example, some of the north-west LCRIG authorities have undertaken a gap analysis against the new Code of Practice for Well Managed Highways, which highlighted the need to continue communicating across boundaries, to share concerns and solutions regarding the risk- based approach and to establish a common way forward.

Another advantage is joined-up work, particularly for neighbouring authorities. Lancashire County Council had carried out extensive work on their resilience network and acted on behalf of Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen for consulting with the Lancashire Resilience Forum. Lancashire also collated responses from other neighbouring authorities and through LCRIG, shared this with other north-west councils, to discuss how this needs to work across local boundaries and to collaborate on a north-west Resilient Network.

LCRIG is looking at block-buying vocational and competency training for its member authorities to support a common approach to highway asset management. At LCRIG, each authority brings a slightly different perspective, and this in turn generates more conversations and sharing of good practice, with on-the-ground results.

Paul Binks

Asset Manager, Highways & Transport Lancashire County Council

Paul has worked in Lancashire County Council for over 28 years. His experience within Highways & Transport includes management of highway services such as street lighting, business services and quantity surveyors, as well as 6 years as Road Safety Manager for the County.

Paul’s original expertise is in performance management and business planning, and he now combines this with his highway knowledge as Asset Manager for Highways & Transport.