The Director of Environment and Adult Social Care submitted a report for consideration of the request from the Chairman of Green Way and Green Close Residents Association that Middlesbrough Council 'make up and adopt the private streets in accordance with the plan, schedule and apportionment of costs outlined within the report.
The residents of Green Way and Green Lane, Nunthorpe had been pressing for their streets to be adopted by the Council for a number of years. They had been supported and assisted in this endeavour by their local ward Councillors.
There was a formal process for consideration of such requests which was described in further detail within the report.
There were only two options available to the Council, either to accept or refuse the residents request for Green Way and Green Close, Nunthorpe to be made up and adopted. There was no obligation on the Council to accept a request to adopt a private street, however with limited council expenditure the condition of the roads and drains serving these residents would be significantly improved.
The greatest risk to the Council was that of recouping the costs of making up the road to an adoptable standard. However the residents had indicated that the majority were willing to pay the £3894.46 upon completion of the works with others seeking payment terms to spread the cost over a couple of years, for those unwilling to agree payment terms the process described within the report enabled for ultimate cost recovery.
During the meeting the Chair allowed Ward Councillors and residents to make comments on the report. Both Councillor Brenda Thompson and Colin Martin (Chair of Residents association) expressed their thanks and appreciation to officers during this process.
Mr Martin queried whether temporary maintenance of the road would be carried out by the Council leading upto the work beginning in the 2013. It was confirmed that the road would be inspected and that any necessary work would be carried out.
Mr and Mrs Peckitt requested that a copy of the work schedule, once devised was forwarded onto residents. It was confirmed that the residents and Ward Councillors would be kept in the loop.
It was recommended that Middlesbrough Council, as the Highway Authority:
The Council, having had regard to the technical drawings and schedules, and the provisional apportionment of expenses, prepared in accordance with the resolution of the Council dated 10 September 2012, resolved to approve the documents [with modification if appropriate].
Authorised the issuing and displaying of the appropriate legal notices.
The decisions were supported by the following reason:
To bring the private streets up to adoptable standard for the future benefits of residents.