We maintain the majority of roads, streets, pavements, cycleways and public rights of way which are commonly known as "adopted roads".
A private road or street is commonly known as an "unadopted road" and not maintained by us. It is the responsibility of the land owner(s) to carry out repairs. However we will make safe and remove obstructions which may be causing a danger to pedestrians or traffic.
How do I find out if a road is adopted?
We hold records for all roads, streets, pavements, cycleways and public rights of way showing whether it is maintained by us or not. This information is available to view, free of charge, via the self serve facility at our Customer Service Centre.
Alternatively we can provide a copy of a local plan and answers to five frequently asked questions for a fee of £126. Further specific questions are charged at £24 each. These costs need to be met by the individual owners of the road and not us.
Can I have my road or street adopted?
Yes, however this is a long and costly process, potentially running into thousands of pounds, we would need to:
- assess the condition of the road surface and street lighting;
- review the existing road layout and construction;
- undertake drainage surveys; and
- request consent from all landowner(s).
What if the landowner is unknown?
In the first instance you will need to check with the Land Registry to see if the road is registered and who the owner is. It may also be possible to trace the owner from the deeds of the houses in the road or the deeds granting rights of way over the road. If the landowner(s) cannot be traced the property owners can take over the management and maintenance of the road.
How does a new road, street or pavement become adopted?
We will enter into a highway adoption agreement to adopt a new road, street or pavement.