West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has received confirmation that Morris Homes have finally come to an agreement with Taylor Wimpey to progress the road adoption of the Heathfields estate in Burscough.
Rosie has corresponded for over a year with West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and both developers to ensure that LCC would adopt the roads within the estate including Delph Drive and roads off it.
Legal agreements and fees between the developers and Lancashire County Council, who are the Local Highways Authority, meant the adoption hadn’t been able to proceed before now.
Morris Homes Managing Director Nick Uttley confirmed in a letter to MP Rosie that agreement had been reached with Taylor Wimpey, who Rosie met with this month, to pay the outstanding supervision fees to LCC. This means the required Section 38 Agreement can proceed with adoption to complete in the next six months.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am pleased for the residents of the Heathfields estate that this matter is due to come to a close soon with the adoption of the road network by Lancashire County Council.
“This adoption means that residents will not be reliant on management companies to carry out necessary works on the highway including road, gully and streetlight maintenance which will soon become LCC responsibility.
“Many residents of the estate have contacted me frustrated at the time it has taken for the adoption to be completed, complaining that they pay full council tax but could not call on the County to respond to reports of highway maintenance issues.
“Once the adoption is completed, which Morris Homes tell me will be in the next six months, residents will be clear on where responsibilities lie and who to report any future issues to.
“I’d like to thank Mr Uttley of Morris Homes and Anthony Mansfield at Taylor Wimpey who have both engaged positively with me in bringing the matter of adoption to a close.”