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Do these home-made “Private Road - No Public Right of Way” have any legal standing?

Reported via iOS in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 21:38, Mon 8 August 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

Two signs appeared earlier this year in Park Farm Close, Ambrosden, an unadopted road, which read “Private Road - No Public Right of Way”; one underneath the street name sign at the junction with Old Arncott Road, and one on a wooden fence in the pedestrian walk-through off Merton Road.

These signs are understood to have been placed by the owners of two properties in Park Farm Close, who have recently started to assert the claim on the sign to any pedestrians walking through to or from Merton Road.

What is the legal status of Park Farm Close, under the Highways Act 1980? Is it not a highway, but subject to public use (“private street”) or not a highway and not subject to public use (“private road”)?Access to Park Farm Close in either direction is not gated - a requirement for private roads unless they are registered. Is it registered as a private road?

Council ref: ENQ22931263

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 21:38, Mon 8 August 2022

  • Can the council provide an update on this matter, please? The statement on this new sign seems reasonable, but is it legal?

    Posted anonymously at 20:42, Wed 24 August 2022

  • Thank you for your report. Direct email communication has been sent. Regards

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:51, Fri 26 August 2022

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