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Medway Council is not responsible for maintaining unadopted
The developer or applicant named on the planning application is
responsible for a road that is not adopted. If a Section 38
Agreement of The Highways Act
1980 (the Act) is signed, the developer, as street
manager, maintains the road until adoption is complete.
If no agreement or notice under the Act has been entered into,
the developer or a private management company remains responsible
for the road and the road is private. A road will also remain
private if the council does not receive fees or information from
The developer of a road is whoever signed the Road Agreement or
Notice (specific to each site). It may be a housing association, a
landowner or a builder.
The developer will have to pay all costs until the road is
adopted. If a road is to remain private, costs will be the
responsibility, jointly, of all the householders with a frontage on
The council cannot force private developers to carry out work on
an unadopted road. It can and does make representations on behalf
of residents of new roads but it has no powers under the Act to
make developers comply.
Download the list of
streets (pdf 4,709KB) which details those roads that
are private or publicly maintainable.
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you do not have it on your computer, please use our advice page.
Enquiries about road adoption should
be made via customer services using the contact details provided
below or by completing the
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