The Director of Adult Social Care and Environment submitted a report for the consideration of adopting the principles of the Private Streetworks code following a request from the Chairman of Green Way and Green Close Residents Association that Middlesbrough Council 'make up' and adopt these private streets.
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 considering such requests which is 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 other 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 enables 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.
That Middlesbrough Council, as the Highway Authority, accept that Green Way, Nunthorpe and Green Close, Nunthorpe, currently being private streets, are not to an adoptable standard.
Following receipt of the request by the majority of residents of Green Way, Nunthorpe and Green Close, Nunthorpe that the private streets be made up to adoptable standard and adopted by the Council as highways maintainable at public expense, the Council resolved that the proper officer of the Council should prepare the necessary technical drawings and schedules that enable the Council to execute street works, and prepare a provisional apportionment of the expenses likely to be incurred by the Council.
The decision was supported by the following reason:
To bring the private streets up to adoptable standard for the future benefits of residents.