| "Tony Williams" wrote
| > Who owns the lane, and who has a right of access down
| > it, and for what sort of defined traffic?
| The lane runs from the B road in the village and feeds a recent (10yrs)
| housing development, it also gives tractor access to farmland - so
| 'through' traffic all perfectly legit.
Not necessarily. There may be access for farm vehicles to adjacent farmland
but not general access to the public or to owners of new dwellings.
| The only problem I used to have was when people drove up onto my
| soft grass bank to pass an oncoming vehicle, instead of pulling in
| at various places available either side of my section. The small
| (250mm) boulders worked a treat, and I had no complaints for years.
You need to find out who *owns* the land which forms the road (including
what you describe as /your/ soft grass bank) and what rights of access have
been granted to others. This should all have been explained to you by your
solicitor when you purchased the property and when the new housing was
built, and it would probably be best to speak to him first, as it will
involve checking your deeds and local land registry.
If you own or jointly own the unadopted road or any part of it, it may be
very prudent to get a public liability insurance policy.