The modern Lengthsman scheme is the re-incarnation of an old concept – a locally employed person to carry out highway maintenance tasks identified by the local community as important. It enables an enhanced local service with local priorities. The work may be expanded to tackle other small-scale maintenance work, either directly or jointly with the local community and the partners involved.
The two key people for each Parish Lengthsman partnership are the Lengthsman and the Administrator, usually the Clerk. The Administrator is responsible for the Lengthsman budget, weekly timesheets and salary. S/he will be expected to keep weekly reports from the Lengthsman.