Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Why is Beechfields and part of Rookery Rise still unadopted? Update (2)

Further to my original post and first update I have now had a response to another FOI request regarding the difficulty and cost of adopting a road that has been built to standards but has no adoption agreement.

My FOI request

1) I would like a copy of the procedure/documentation necessary for Cheshire West and Chester Council to adopt a road that has no section 38 adoption agreement attached to it but has been completed to adoptable standards.

2) I would also like to know the cost of adopting such a road in such a manner.

Council response

..for the purposes of this response, to be a reference to the provisions of Section 228 Highways Act 1980. Where those powers are invoked by the highway authority they are done so on a bespoke basis in relation to the relevant highway and in accordance with the requirements of and procedure set out in the Section.

The costs of adopting such a road in such a manner in an uncontested case would usually be modest and would arise from the officer time involved in the following elements:-

* Assessing from an engineering point of view that the works were to adoptable standard.
* Surveying/measuring the area for adoption and preparing a plan and description.
* Preparing a site notice and erecting a site notice on site and subsequently removing it together with related correspondence.
* Adding the site to the statutory list of streets and the internet gazetteer of maintainable streets.

In a straightforward case, such a procedure could be completed in an estimated total of, say, 10 hours by all officers involved but would be undertaken as and when other priorities permit...

As a result they have admitted that they could adopt Beechfields using Section 228 of the Highway Act without significant expense and just a few hours work by their highway staff. So whilst they are running out of excuses the $64,000 question remains, why is Beechfields still unadopted 8 years after it could have been adopted?

To get an answer to that conundrum I have submitted another FOI request.

I would like a copy of any and all information that would explain why the roads servicing Beechfields, Winsford remain unadopted.

They can no longer use time and money as an excuse as they have done in the past.