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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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"This was a special case where the organisations were able to come together to resurface an unadopted road in the interests of public safety."
"Whilst it is not council policy to repair any unadopted road, the council considered that there were extenuating circumstances in this particular case.
If you are thinking of buying a house in an unadopted road, your solicitor will be able to check whether there is a an active residents' organisation of this kind, how it works, what obligations it places you under, and how much it is likely to cost.
The authority had said that because the lane is an unadopted road, responsibility for its maintenance lies with the residents.
But he was unable to obtain the backing of Kirklees Council over a small but pivotal unadopted road, Back Queen Street, which runs down the side of Hellfire's premises and which would have created several new entrances to the complex.
Earlier this year the ECHO highlighted Belmont Drive in Tuebrook - an "unadopted road" which means it is not maintained by the local authority - which was described by a local councillor as the worst in the city.
The estate would be accessed by a single road into Mill Lane which would initially be an unadopted road meaning residents would have to drag their bins to a collection point which planning officers note could be a source of potential disputes between neighbours.
Ormes Road residents say they have repeatedly complained about potholes on their street and even started fundraising to bring the unadopted road up to scratch.
Redcar and Cleveland Council leader George Dunning said: "The council is aware of the state of the unadopted road leading to the allotments at the Warrenby site and will work with the allotment holders to see what we can do to help."
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.
Ian Snowball says the project has floundered over problems with Kirklees Council's stance over an unadopted road, Back Queen Street, which runs the entire length of Hellfire's premises.