Unadopted streets

Repairs on unadopted streets

The responsibility for maintenance of an unadopted street lies collectively with the owners of the subsoil, who are normally the owners of properties having a frontage onto it. Therefore, Lancashire County Council will not carry out any maintenance works to an unadopted street.

Where repairs are necessary to prevent danger to traffic using an unadopted street, Lancashire County Council has powers under section 230 of the Highways Act 1980 to serve notice upon frontagers to all or part of an unadopted street requiring them to undertake specified repairs within a specified period.

For us, the use of this power requires consent from the County Council and involves the serving of notices and counter-notices.