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Unadopted street, Hampstead

Frognal Way unadopted street sign, Hampstead, London

I was taking a stroll through Hampstead recently when I came across this street sign for Frognal Way, one of the most expensive streets in the UK. I’d never noticed ‘unadopted’ text on a sign before and I was rather intrigued.

Apparently an unadopted street is a street that is not maintained by the local Highway Authority at public expense. This official description is taken from the new snazzy gov.uk website:

‘Unadopted’ roads are those roads not maintained by a highway authority as defined by Highways Act 1980. The description of such roads covers a wide range of circumstances.

For most unadopted residential roads the duty to maintain it falls to the frontagers, ie the owners of the property fronting that road, which may include those where the side, or length, of their property fronts the unadopted road. Those buying property on an unadopted street should be made aware of the situation regarding their property and their related liability for the road. Under Highways Act 1980, local highway authorities may adopt streets that they are not currently responsible for maintaining, but this is purely a matter for local decision.

Mystery solved, although I’d love to hear from someone who lives on an unadopted road about their responsibilities for it.

Sunday Selection

What a miserable week it has been in London – the weather is rubbish at the moment. You can’t go anywhere without an umbrella yet you get an occasional taste of ‘summer’ for an hour or two each day. I wish we could have one warm and dry day so I could spend it on Hampstead Heath, reading the papers and eating ice cream.

If you do visit Hampstead Heath, try ParkGrid, a new way to find your friends that means no more walking around for hours on end trying to spot them amongst the masses – http://parkgrid.co.uk/

This is one of my favourite blogs of all time, and she’s just got back from a trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Get ready to be jealous – http://www.jacquelynclark.com/2013/06/17/maiori-minori-the-amalfi-coast-part-i/

A recipe for a cauliflower crust pizza that I’m planning to try this week – http://www.eat-drink-smile.com/2011/04/cauliflower-crust-pizza.html

I was trawling through my bookmarks and found these 130 Years Of Brooklyn Bridge Photos, Decade By Decade – http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/05/22/130_years_of_brooklyn_bridge_photos_decade_by_decade.php

Have a great week!

ps do you prefer seeing the link in the body of the article?

The London Skyline from Hampstead Heath


The beautiful view from Parliament Hill :)

On Sunday I spent a few hours on Parliament Hill, soaking up the sun and the view. We got the Sunday papers, a cold drink and some snacks. What more could you want?

To be accurate, we technically were not on Parliament Hill, but we were nearer that side of Hampstead Heath than anywhere else.

If you are in London for the 2012 Olympics but fancy getting away from the mayhem of Central London it is a great place to visit. Hampstead Heath is bordered by Hampstead, Kentish Town and Highgate – each worth visiting in their own right.