A road is adopted when East Sussex County Council (ESCC) take ownership of a 'private street' and when they take ownership of a new road after it has been constructed by a developer. Note: this service is not dealt with by Eastbourne Borough Council.
New roads that have been constructed in accordance with the County Council's guidelines are normally adopted by way of an agreement between the developer and the County Council under Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980.
A 'private street' is a road which is not maintained at public expense. This means that the County Council is under no obligation to carry out repairs or cleansing to the street in question even though it may be a public right of way to which highway and traffic law can be applied.
Existing roads will not normally be adopted unless they are brought up to current standards by the owners of the road. That would include:
putting in kerbs
surfacing water sewers
Contact ESCC About Road Adoptions
If you would like more information please contact the ESCC Highways Team: