Petition Require local authorities to adopt all Public Open Space and roads on estates

Local authorities are avoiding increasing their grounds maintenance responsibilities on new private estates by requiring developers to form management companies to deal with the maintenance long term. These management fees are an extra tax on hard working families. Councils should adopt the land.

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Local authorities used to be paid commuted sums by housing developers to adopt open land and roads. Local authorities would be responsible for the long term maintenance for these assets. In practice, management companies are established for some roads and public open spaces to be maintained long term. Management companies charge excessive amounts for in effect a second “council tax”. The government should force all local authorities to adopt all roads and public open space on private estates.

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