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Road and footpath maintenance

Report a pothole or issues with roads, footpaths or kerbs, private road adoption, road resurfacing issues and schedules.

Where is the issue located?

Will the council repair private roads?

No, the council has no responsibility to maintain private roads. The council may adopt private roads if requested by the owner provided it is to the correct standard. We will advise further following application. Please send us details of your request:

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How often are roads and footpaths inspected?

To comply with our duty under the Highways Act 1980, we carry out routine safety inspections on all public roads and footpaths. How frequently we inspect a road or footpath will depend on the amount of traffic or pedestrians.

We may also carry out additional inspections as a result of reports from members of the public, the police or other organisations. View roads scheduled for resurfacing.

How long do repairs take?

The time taken will naturally depend on the extent of repair that is needed. Some roads can be resurfaced and ready to drive on in under an hour, but some repairs may need more time.

We try to reduce inconvenience to the public by giving advance notice wherever possible, either online or using nearby signs. 

We will also sweep the road or footpath both before and after the work is carried out. If replacement road markings are required, these will be replaced as soon as possible. View roads scheduled for resurfacing.

My road was due for resurfacing. Why has this not happened?

If we don’t carry out the work on the date stated, this will probably be due to unsuitable weather conditions. Surface dressing work can only be completed during spells of dry weather as the materials we use won’t stick or set properly in cold and wet conditions.

If we have to postpone the resurfacing of a road, we will aim to alter nearby signage with the revised date as soon as possible.

What is the ‘List of Streets’ and what does it show?

Under the Highways Act 1980, Section 36(6), every highway authority has to keep an up-to-date record of any highway maintainable at public expense and allow this to be inspected by any member of the public. This is referred to as the ‘List of Streets’.

Like many rural authorities, where some highways have no name at all we usually record our information as a series of maps – although some areas, such as Bridlington, have their records listed in text. There are two sets of maps showing:

  • Highways maintained at public expense - these include the roads and footways that have been adopted by the council.
  • Public rights of way - these are referred to as the definitive map which shows paths that the public can use, although there are some rights of way that are not maintained by the council. 

What it doesn't show:

The List of Streets does not show: 

  • All the streets in the East Riding of Yorkshire – the List of Streets only indicates highways that are maintainable at public expense and does not include streets that are privately maintained.
  • What type of highway the street is – the List of Streets includes footpaths, alleys and passages. The presence of a street on our records does not necessarily mean it can be driven or ridden down.
  • Who owns the land – highways can run over private land.
  • Private access rights – the records show which highways can be used by the public, they do not show private rights of access.
  • How wide the street is or where the highway boundary is – the widths on the map are only indicative of the highway extent. We don't typically hold detailed information on highway extents or the exact location of the highway boundary and we don't currently provide a service to research these issues. However, if you require assistance relating to a highway boundary issue, we offer a 'meet on site service' and will take the best view inline with known practice. Get in touch to arrange an appointment.
  • Private streets maintained by the council – the maps do not show streets that the council maintains that are not highway. For example some access roads to Council depots and within school boundaries. 

How to view the 'list of streets'

To make it easy for you to view the List of Streets, we have digital versions of both sets of maps at our Beverley customer service centre. This information has been prepared from paper maps and is correct to the best of our knowledge.

If you would like to see the actual physical maps, please get in touch to arrange a viewing.

Please note: unfortunately we can't make these maps available online as they are an evolving record and any copy downloaded could quickly get out of date. 

Further information

Tel: (01482) 393939

Which roads are subject to a New Roads and Streetworks Act Section 58 notice?

Roads subject to a Section 58 notice are those which have had major works recently carried out, the purpose of the notice is to prohibit other organisations, such as a telephone company, from excavating them for up to five years, unless it is an emergency.

Current roads subject to Section 58 restrictions (pdf 75kb)