Adoption of the roads within the Burscough Heathfields estate has been cast into further doubt, because of a disagreement between developer Morris Homes and Lancashire County Council (LCC).
Adoption of the roads would mean LCC assume responsibility from the developers for the maintenance of the road surface, gullies and streetlights throughout the estate. Before the Council agrees to adopt these roads, they have certain criteria the developers must fulfil, including upgrading the streetlights to a specific standard.
When Heathfields was first built, Morris Homes say that they followed the street lighting standard that LCC specified and that in the years since the estate was completed, LCC have changed the standards they require new builds to follow.
They feel that they should not be responsible for footing the cost of the upgrade, because in the years following the completion, residents living on the Heathfields estate have been paying council tax, part of which goes towards infrastructure upkeep and therefore believe LCC should pay for the upgrade.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It is utterly ridiculous that residents of Heathfields are still waiting for their roads to be adopted! This has been going on for years before I became involved in 2019! Both sides need to stop wasting everyone’s time and come to an agreement.
“Are residents of the estate really going to be held to ransom as the Council and the developers stubbornly hold up the process? It is just not right that they are the ones that suffer the effects of this stand-off, despite paying their council taxes.
“Both sides need to find a way forward that will allow these roads to finally be adopted.”