Stoke-on-Trent City Council has officially adopted four roads on a city estate – which is good news for residents and motorists.
The move means all of the roads and pavements on the Norton Heights estate are now the responsibility of the city council and have been added to the authority’s highway maintenance schedule for routine inspections and maintenance work.
The council had previously adopted 13 internal roads on the privately-built estate, but four spine roads – Chasewater Drive, Chillington Way, Burtree Drive and Blithfield Way – remained in private hands. Housing developers can choose to keep their new roads private or they can apply for them to be adopted by the local highway authority once they meet construction standards.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “I know the adoption of the roads on the estate has been a bone of contention for the residents for some time. Ultimately, it is up to housing developers to get roads to a suitable standard before being adopted by the city council and that has been the case here.
“Now that the roads have been adopted, they will be added to our inspection regimes along with all of the other roads across the city. This is good news for residents on the estate.”
As part of the council’s refresh of its budget strategy, £283,000 has been set aside for some maintenance work on the estate – subject to final approval in July. The work would involve improving drainage on the estate to prevent flooding and resurfacing Bellerton Lane, including rebuilding speed humps on the road.
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