Road adoption dispute facilitates burglary

The owner of a home in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, says burglars took advantage of poor lighting in the area to break into their home while his family was sleeping and get away with money, electrical goods and the family car.

The road fronting the property, Aileach View, is an unadopted road, and is the matter of a dispute between the Council and the Road Service as to how is responsible to maintain it, according to the unnamed property owner.

A spokesperson for the local Council said:

"We recognise the concerns of home owners specifically in new housing developments where services may not be completed. The Council is aware that DRD Roads Services is responsible for implementing the procedures and legislation in regards to street lighting."

The owner of the home in Derry described how burglars would have had to walk past them and their baby while they slept in order to get the older child's purse which contained birthday money.

Disputes about the adoption of roads created to access new developments often arise when the builder fails to finish them to the appropriate standard, or when an Article 32 Road Bond is not obtained in advance.

If you require legal advice about a dispute that has arisen in respect of your property, the road fronting or accessing it, boundary walls or fences, or any other matter, contact one of the property conveyancing solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 9290.