Highways Policies, Strategies and Plans

1. Highway Policy Overview

We recognise how important the local highway network is. We are committed to ensuring that we have the best highway possible.

You can read an overview of what we plan to achieve and how we hope to achieve it through our third Local Transport Plan.

Highway Policies

Many of the tasks carried out by East Sussex Highways are statutory duties or powers defined by national legislation. The highway policies set out our position where local discretion can be used, or in areas for which there is no legislation.

The policies also support and enable the delivery of the East Sussex Council Plan and Priorities, and the Local Transport Plan.

Review cycle

The policies are reviewed regularly to ensure they are accurate and consider continuing feedback and changes in working practices.

We welcome any feedback you may have.

If you have any questions or comments about our policies or would like to request a printed copy, please contact the service.

2. Communication Policy

To help shape the highway services we deliver, we will:

  • keep our customers informed of activities on the highway
  • manage expectations about the services we can deliver
  • provide clear, accurate and reliable information in a timely way
  • develop positive relationships with stakeholders at all levels

Find out more

Customer Care standards and how to contact us

Giving feedback and our complaints procedure

3. Highway maintenance Policies

We apply an asset management approach to our roads, footways and street lights.

We arrange routine inspection and maintenance schedules using a risk based assessment. This maximises value for money.

We have a regular programme of maintenance activities. These relate to:

  • Gulley emptying
  • Ditching
  • Siding
  • Weed control
  • Grass cutting
  • Cleansing


Contact us to request a printed copy of these policies.

Highway Asset Management Policy

Highway Asset Management Strategy

Highway Drainage Policy

Highway Verges and Vegetation Policy

Maintenance of Footways – materials

Street lighting Policy

4. Safety and Serviceability Policies

We follow a risk based regime of inspection, surveying and recording that allows us to assess the condition of the highway and proactively deliver repairs to the network within appropriate timescales.


Contact us to request a printed copy of these policies.

Highways Inspection Manual

Highways Inspection Investigatory Matrix

Highway Skid Resistance

Highway Claims

Technical Approval of Highway Structures

Noise Regulations 1975- Discretionary Aspects

Passively Safe Sign Posts

Find out more about other Road Safety measures such as traffic calming and cycle training

Report a problem

5. Network Management and Improvement Policies

We consider our Highway Network as an integrated set of assets when managing the network and developing highway maintenance policies and plans.

The needs of all road users, particularly vulnerable users, will be a key consideration in managing and planning for highway maintenance, along with the potential to add value to other elements of local transport policy and strategy wherever possible.


Contact us to request a printed copy of these policies.

The Network of Roads

Development and delivery of the capital programme of local transport improvements

Provision of Passing Places

Provision of Lay-Bys

Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders for Bodies other than the Highway Authority

Control of Heavy Goods Vehicles

For policies on adoptions, design guidance and construction specifications for developers, see our Transport Development Control pages

More on network management and improvement

Find out more about the highway network including boundaries and which roads we are responsible for maintaining.

Find out more about how we prioritise and fund transport infrastructure and initiatives

Report a problem

6. Licensing and enforcement Policies

We have a duty to control the obstruction of the highway. This is to reduce inconvenience and danger to the public.

This includes removing unlicensed obstructions on our roads or pavements. For information about licences East Sussex Highways can issue, visit their website.


Contact us to request a printed copy of these policies.

South East Permit Scheme for Roadworks and Streetworks

Disabled Parking Bays

Temporary Event Signing

Banners across the highway

Obstructions on the highway

Permission to trade on the highway

Posts on highway verges

Roadside sponsorship

Roadside memorials and tributes

Find out more about licences and enforcement

Report a problem

7. Emergencies and network resilience Policies

Extreme weather can have an impact on the highway. It can also affect economic growth within East Sussex.

Our Winter Service Plan details our approach to maintaining the network in winter.

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