Wednesday, 5 September 2012


Many years ago I helped with other Councillors set up the Considerate Contractor scheme. I helped recruit a number of volunteers from the Oscott area many of whom have carried out the role ever since.
Recently I was asked to take over as the Chair of the CCS and was delighted to do so.
The scheme needs new members. People who want to improve the roads where they live and other roads in the city as well. Joining the CCS and becoming a Lay assessor is a way of doing just that please read the notes below.

The Considerate Contractor Scheme was set up to monitor the majority of street works taking place in Birmingham. Lay assessors are an important part of the monitoring process; collecting data on how highway and utility contractors are performing on the city highway. Lay assessors provide a snap shot, random audit, of a site. This data set is a crucial part of the analysis process.

Each year their contribution is recognised at the annual Considerate Contractor Awards Ceremony.
Who can be a Lay assessor?
Everyone has the potential to be a lay assessor. The City Council welcomes volunteers from all parts of the Community. Contact  0121 3037872.
How do the Lay assessors contribute?
Lay assessors complete regular performance monitoring forms; this enables the City Council to collect a wealth of impartial data about how contractors are working on the Streets of Birmingham. This data is then fed back to managers and the contractors to improve standards and develop good practise, whilst carrying out work on the highway.
The Considerate Contractor Streetworks Scheme also offers residents an opportunity to make their views count and to have more contact with the City Council, on highway related matters.
What are the responsibilities of a lay assessor?

You have to have some  understanding of the various requirements and regulations (some basic training is given) but it is the view point of the lay person which I believe is important

If you are interested in becoming a Lay assessor  for further information please contact:

Nicola Esquilant

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