Road adoption is a term used to describe the council taking ownership of a 'private street'.
A new or existing unadopted road will be adopted as a highway, which is maintainable at public expense, if it meets with the following requirements when it is built:
- it has a direct link with the existing public highway network
- the carriageway and footways are of widths and gradients that offer a safe passage for pedestrians and vehicles
- there is an approved means of surface water drainage to the carriageway and footways
- the provision of street lighting meets the current local requirements and national standards
- the materials used meet the current construction standards
- the freehold owner/s of the land dedicate the road as a Public Highway when it is built, at no cost to us, under a Section 38 Agreement of the Highways Act 1980
- the road will remain open to the public to pass and re-pass at all times when formally adopted.