Posted: 25/08/2013 at 10:20
we live up a lane which is privately owned by the house owners as it states on our deeds.. and we are all responsible for the bit the lenght of our property boundaries.. but also on our deeds is the fact the council have excess to their proptery at the far end.. which they have since sold and kept their right of way for the council park vehicles.. we are fine with this..
but three years ago they took down the private road signs and stuck up cycle track ones instead.. so now we have cyclists and dog walkers and everyone using our lane.. and not the council footpath at the front..we have had legal a battle with them over this for 3 years now.. they have claimed they have adopted it.. but when we asked for proper road surface instead of the farm lane we ave now which has huge pot holes in.. or for some street lights as it is pitch black on the council path on cliff side and pitch black up the lane at night.. and not safe walking with the holes.. they say it is a private road..
But the worryin thing for us is what if a cyclist is hit when someone is coming out their drive.. we were told we were.... but when we argued that the land is classed as private land and they shouldnt be using it and we could do them for trespass... the council said.. no we have adopted it and public can use it.. we are going round in circles with them.. with no end in site.
so OP check your deeds and titles and ask yr neighbours to do the same and i suggest as we did... have a neighourhood meeting and you can all discuss it.. and take the actions that are required or needed to sort it out.