Renewed call for action over unadopted Portswood road

By Jamie Shapiro, Local Democracy Reporter

unadopted portswood service road ldrs bbc 600pxThere have been renewed calls for action over an unadopted Portswood road full of potholes which suffers from “huge drainage issues” and frequent fly-tipping.

As reported in April, the largely unsurfaced service road runs parallel with Portswood Road from behind October Books to Highfield Lane.

It serves various Portswood businesses, homes, and charities including Mencap and Carers in Southampton.

unadopted portswood service road ldrs bbc 600px Photo: Local Democracy Reporting Service

Temporary measures, reportedly to the tune of £10k, were implemented around April under the previous Conservative administration.

Elly Iles, Mencap Southampton’s activities manager, came to Wednesday’s (Nov16) full council meeting in an attempt to get Southampton City Council to do more about the state of the road.

She said: “We are appealing to the council to help us to implement long-term solutions to change the situation and make it a safe place for everyone, particularly people who are vulnerable.”

The road is unadopted, which means it is not the council’s responsibility to maintain, but the landowner’s.

However, the ‘landowners’ in question are several businesses along the road, and unless they all agree to do something about it, the problems will not be fixed.

Mencap is calling for the council to adopt the road so that the authority can fix it itself, put in lighting, and sort out the fly-tipping.

Cllr Eamonn Keogh, cabinet member for transport (Lab), said that at the moment the council has limited power to intervene, but confirmed he will “do a site visit” and will be “writing to the landowners”.

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alley by october books aug 21 20210806 1254011 600 px Road by October Books photographed in early August 2021

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