Recent statements in this category are shown below:
Statement Closed after initial enquiries Highway adoption 19-Jul-2017
Summary: Mr X complained about the Council's decision to close a lane to vehicles and downgrade it to footpath status. He says this is preventing him from accessing his properties. The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint. There is insufficient evidence of fault on the Council's part which has caused injustice to Mr X.
Statement Upheld Highway adoption 17-Jul-2017
Summary: Mrs Y asked the Council to maintain trees which ran along her property border. The Council agreed to do so. It later withdrew the agreement saying that the trees were not its responsibility. Mrs Y had the trees felled and sent the Council the bill. The trees formed a border feature running along the edge of her property and were only the Council's responsibility as highways authority. However, a Council officer told her it would prune the trees. She should not have had them felled but the Council should fund a percentage of the cost.
Statement Closed after initial enquiries Highway adoption 06-Jun-2017
Summary: Mr X complained about the Council using incorrect records to claim the extent of the adopted highway in a nearby street. The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint. There is insufficient evidence of any fault on the Council's part which has caused injustice to Mr X.
Statement Not upheld Highway adoption 30-Jan-2017
Summary: Mr Y complains the Council has included development sites in its local plan which may allow development on a village green and may not act properly in the future when considering planning applications. The Ombudsman will not investigate as there is no indication that Mr Y is caused a significant personal injustice or that this is a significant public interest matter.
Statement Closed after initial enquiries Highway adoption 10-Nov-2016
Summary: The Ombudsman does not have reason to investigate this complaint about the Council's refusal to accept that a lane is an adopted highway. This is because there is no sign of fault by the Council to justify her becoming involved.
Statement Not upheld Highway adoption 31-Aug-2016
Summary: There is no or insufficient evidence the Council acted with fault in its design or location of a pedestrian footway outside the complainant's home. It has responded suitably to specific concerns raised by the complainant about land ownership, construction of the footway and drainage issues post-construction.
Statement Closed after initial enquiries Highway adoption 30-Jun-2016
Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint about the adoption of a highway as it is outside her jurisdiction because it was not made to her in time.
Statement Closed after initial enquiries Highway adoption 11-Apr-2016
Summary: Mr Y complains the Council has not adopted a private road and is a party to a planning agreement which is to the detriment of owners on the estate. The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint as the Council is not at fault.
Statement Upheld Highway adoption 29-Mar-2016
Summary: I uphold Mr C's highways complaint as there was fault by the Council. However, I do not consider it caused Mr C an injustice which would need the Council to take further action.
Statement Upheld Highway adoption 05-Feb-2016
Summary: There was fault by the Borough Council in the way it failed to use its powers properly to ensure a new road on a housing estate was built to a standard the Highways Authority requires to adopt and maintain it at public expense. The Borough Council has suggested a possible remedy which is acceptable to the Ombudsman.