Highway status of Sutton’s Lane, Great Altcar

John Wilkinson made this Freedom of Information request to Lancashire County Council

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Dear Lancashire County Council,

Can you please explain when and in what circumstances Sutton’s Lane was adopted as a highway? The Lane is a narrow unmade dirt track bordered by ditches and fields. As such it does not meet the normal criteria for adoption. It is though intended to provide an access route to the well site proposed by Aurora Energy Resources Ltd. Does the County Council have any financial responsibility for bringing Sutton’s Lane up to the standard necessary to carry heavy vehicles and plant to the well site?

Yours faithfully,

John Wilkinson

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

 

Dear Mr Wilkinson,

 

Request for information

 

We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your email dated 27/03/18, in
which you request the disclosure of information.

 

We can confirm that your enquiry will now be assigned to an officer who
will commence a search for the information you require and they will
respond in due course. The deadline date for issuing you with full
response is 26/04/18. We will endeavour to provide a response well in
advance of this date, however, should we envisage any delays, or require
more details from you, we will contact you immediately.

 

If you have any queries about the above, please do not hesitate to contact
us, quoting ref. 945.505

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

Legal and Democratic Service

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 78

County Hall

PR1 8XJ

[1][email address]

[2]www.lancashire.gov.uk

 

 

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Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Mr Wilkinson,

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your enquiry of 27 March 2018, in which you request the
disclosure of information under the provisions of the above Act, we are
now in a position to respond.

 

Sutton's Lane has never been adopted, and Lancashire County Council does
not have any responsibility to bring the lane up to a standard suitable to
carry heavy goods vehicles.

 

We trust that our response is to your satisfaction, and your request will
now be closed as of this date.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

The Information Governance Team

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 78

County Hall

Preston

PR1 8XJ

 

Email:     [1][Lancashire County Council request email]

 

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Dear Lancashire County Council,

Thank you for your response to my Freedom of Information Request re the Highway status of Sutton’s Lane, Great Altcar.

I note your comment that Sutton’s Lane has never been adopted. However in the recent Highways response to the scoping request from Aurora Energy Resources it clearly states that Sutton’s Lane is an adopted highway. Can you please clarify the situation?

Yours faithfully,

John Wilkinson

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Mr Wilkinson,

Thank you for your email, we are liaising with colleagues in highways and will update you as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

The Information Governance Team
Lancashire County Council
PO Box 78
County Hall
Preston
PR1 8XJ
 
Email:     [Lancashire County Council request email]

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Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Mr Wilkinson,

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your email of 10 April 2018, in which you request the
disclosure of information under the provisions of the above Act, we are
now in a position to respond.

 

The term "adopted" is used as an expression to indicate a highway is
maintainable at public expense. Suttons Lane is maintainable at public
expense by virtue of being an ancient highway prior to 1835. The 1835
Highways Act made existing highways of all types publically maintainable,
including Suttons Lane.

 

Adoption in the legal sense is where a highway becomes maintainable at
public expense through an adoption process linked with the Highways Act
1980 and the highway authority's criteria for adoption. Suttons Lane has
never been, nor needs to be formally adopted through this process. It is
already maintainable at public expense.

 

We trust that our response is to your satisfaction, and your request will
now be closed as of this date.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

The Information Governance Team

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 78

County Hall

Preston

PR1 8XJ

 

Email:     [1][Lancashire County Council request email]

 

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John Wilkinson

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response on the 19th April 2018.

Could you please supply (or direct me towards) a map which shows the boundary of the highway of Sutton's Lane along its length. If this is not possible, could you please indicate whether the grass verges and ditches alongside the surfaced area form part of the highway or remain in the ownership of the Leverhulme Estate and/or Mr. O'Brien?

Yours faithfully,

John Wilkinson

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

 

Dear Mr Wilkinson,

 

Request for information

 

We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your email dated 02/05/18, in
which you request the disclosure of information.

 

We can confirm that your enquiry will now be assigned to an officer who
will commence a search for the information you require and they will
respond in due course. The deadline date for issuing you with full
response is 01/06/18/. We will endeavour to provide a response well in
advance of this date, however, should we envisage any delays, or require
more details from you, we will contact you immediately.

 

If you have any queries about the above, please do not hesitate to contact
us, quoting ref. 945.721

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

Legal and Democratic Service

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 78

County Hall

PR1 8XJ

[1][email address]

[2]www.lancashire.gov.uk

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,
I have not yet received your response to my FOI request dated 2nd May 2018. Can you please now respond or indicate when you expect to be able to respond?

Yours faithfully,

John Wilkinson

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Mr Wilkinson,

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your email of 02 May 2018, in which you request the disclosure
of information under the provisions of the above Act, we are now in a
position to respond.

 

Section 21 of the Freedom Of Information Act 2000 provides that an
authority is not obliged to disclose information which is readily
accessible to the applicant by other means. In this the adoption status
and extents of any location can be requested direct from the highways
service at the details below. Please note there is a charge for this
service.

 

Lancashire Highways Service
Customer Service Centre
Lancashire County Council
Preston
PR1 8RD

Tel: 0300 123 6780

Email: [1][email address]

 

You may also wish view the county council's online mapping service, MARIO
at [2]http://mario.lancashire.gov.uk/agsmario/. MARIO contains a Road
Status layer which gives details of any given road's classification.

 

We trust that our response is to your satisfaction, but in the event that
you wish to complain about the manner in which your enquiry has been
handled, you should write in the first instance to The Freedom of
Information Officer, Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78, County Hall,
Preston PR1 8XJ, or email [3][Lancashire County Council request email] and
the matter will be referred to an Information Governance Manager for
review and reconsideration.

 

If, after this stage, you remain dissatisfied, you have the right to refer
the matter to the Information Commissioner, whose contact details are as
follows:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Tel:                   01625 545700

Email:               [4][email address]   

Website:           [5]http://www.ico.org.uk   

 

Your request will now be closed as of this date.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

The Information Governance Team

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 78

County Hall

Preston

PR1 8XJ

 

Email:     [6][Lancashire County Council request email]

 

 

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