Streets are finally up to standard

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MORE than two miles of road on the Oakley Vale estate have been adopted thanks to a long-running campaign.

Oakley Vale councillors, Corby Council workers, project manager Camland and Northamptonshire County Council worked together to ensure developers got the roads up to scratch so the county council can take over their management.

The roads that have now been adopted include part of Lyveden Way, including the school lay-by and three roundabouts, part of Butland Road, Rochester Road and part of Cheltenham Road.

Cllr David Sims has been instrumental in campaigning for the roads to be brought up to standard.

He said: “I think it’s obviously tremendous news.

“I have campaigned a long time to try to get the roads adopted.

“I often get phone calls asking about the adoption process. Sometimes it can affect people getting mortgages.

“If people don’t have their roads adopted for a long time people have to contribute to the costs of maintaining the road.”

Before the roads could be adopted, they had to be brought up to an acceptable standard under the Highways Act, 1980. The adoption came into force last Wednesday.

Corby Council leader Tom Beattie said: “We are very pleased that we have managed to bring more roads in Oakley Vale up to the standard they need to be in order to be adopted.

“This is something that residents in the area have been concerned about for a while and we are continuing to work with the county council to ensure even more of the roads in this area follow suit.”