New development supervision of road construction
"Road adoption" is the term used to describe the local
authority taking over maintenance responsibility of a "private
road". This maintenance is then funded at the public expense.
All roads and footpaths must be constructed in
accordance with the Highway Authority's requirements for
- street lighting
- road and footway construction
- tree and shrub planting
- road markings
If a road remains private then all maintenance and road cleaning
is the responsibility all the property owners / occupiers of that
road, even though it could be a public right of way to which
highway and traffic law can be applied.
Normally adoption of is carried out by an agreement between the
developer and the Council under Section 38 of the Highways Act