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private road

n. a road or driveway on privately-owned property, limited to the use of the owner or a group of owners who share the use and maintain the road without help from a government agency. A private road has not been given to a government entity (like a county or city) and accepted by that entity for public use. Some private roads are used by the public, but should be closed off at least once a year to prove that an easement of use is not allowed and to prevent a prescriptive easement (taken by continued use) from arising. (See: prescriptive easement)

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Whilst it is not council policy to repair any unadopted road, the council considered that there were extenuating circumstances in this particular case.
Q What are unadopted roads, and should I avoid buying a house on one?
Mr Piercy went on to say he didn't feel either vehicle was going too fast for the road and that he didn't see the car follow the motorcycle down the unadopted road.
A spokesman for Warwickshire County Council said it was being done as a goodwill gesture and did not mean the authority had taken on responsibility for the unadopted road, which it had previously said lies with residents.
Works are underway to improve the unadopted road and one resident has sparked further anger by insisting on parking directly outside his home - causing a potential blockage.
Jane Dow, of Rowan Avenue, West Derby, regularly walks her dog along the unadopted road near her home.
Labour leader Coun Nick Forbes said: "Between 2000 and 2003, it was agreed that the city council would take responsibility for one unadopted road every 12 months.
Labour in Newcastle has said that it wants the condition of every unadopted road in Newcastle to be improved and claimed by the Newcastle City Council.
Then in January 2003 she spoke out over the state of the unadopted road leading to Prospect Place.
The well is thought to have been built hundreds of years ago as a water source for gardens when the now unadopted road was home to a number of allotments.
The bust-up centres on an unadopted road in Great Barr that furious residents claim is a "potential death trap".
It took nine weeks to convince them that I lived in an unadopted road and a month to convince the legal department that a wooden fence was not a brick wall.