A woman who has battled with Lancashire County Council for seven years has spoken of her relief after finally winning the uphill struggle.
Carol Holmes, who owns a home in Butlers Farm Court, Leyland, has been trying to get LCC to adopt the road since its developer went into liquidation seven years ago.
This time last year, the council agreed to do the final legwork to make it up to an adoptable standard (which should have been done by the developer), so the close would be added to the council’s maintenance programme.
Now, LCC has confirmed the road has finally been adopted.
Carol said: “I’m so relieved, it will make such a difference to everyone.
“The council has already been down to look at the drains, which have become really blocked over the years.
“Leaves and mud have formed to make a sort of plug, and the water soaks through like a sponge eventually, but it can’t cope with heavy rainfall, and we just end up with water flowing down the street.”
She added: “I still don’t understand why it’s taken this long though, and why it’s been such a hassle for the council.
“It should have been adopted before any houses were sold, and then there wouldn’t have been all of this upset and worry from residents.”
An LCC spokesman said: “We will now be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of Butlers Farm Court.
“As part of the agreement, the road had to be brought up to a reasonable standard.
“Some minor repairs to the footpath and maintenance of the gullies still needs to be carried out.
“This work will be scheduled in the new financial year.”