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List of streets maintained by the council

What is a street?

The Highways Act defines a street as 'any highway and any road, lane, footpath, square, court alley or passage whether a thoroughfare or not, and includes any part of a street':

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What is the 'list of streets'?

Under the Highways Act 1980, Section 36(6), every highway authority has to keep corrected and up to date a record of highways maintainable at public expense which may be inspected by the public. This is referred to as the 'list of streets'.

Like many rural authorities, where some highways have no name at all, we usually record our information as a series of maps (the town of Bridlington is the one area where our maintenance records are held as a textural list). There are two sets of maps:

  • Maps showing highways maintainable at public expense. These include the roads and footways that have been adopted by the council;
  • Maps showing public rights of way. These are referred to as the definitive map and show paths that the public can use. However, there are a few rights of way that are not maintained by the council.

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How do I view the list of streets?

For improved access and ease of use, we have made available electronic interpretations of both sets of information (the highways maintainable at public expense maps and the public rights of way maps) at our Beverley customer service centre. This information has been prepared from paper maps and is correct to the best of our knowledge.

Please note: the council would not normally circulate or seek to distribute the maintenance maps as they are an evolving record and any copy would inevitably be out of date and require correction.  It is for this reason the information is made available rather than distributed.

Should you wish to see the actual maps, these are available for inspection by making an appointment using the enquiry form on the right hand side of the page or by calling (01482) 395552.

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What does the list of streets show?

The maps show whether the council has any maintenance responsibility for a particular highway under the Highways Act 1980. 

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What does the list of streets not show?

The 'list of streets' does not show:

All the streets in the East Riding of Yorkshire – the list of streets only indicates highways that are maintainable at public expense and does not include streets that are privately maintained.

What type of highway the street is – the list of streets includes footpaths, alleys and passages. The presence of a street on our records does not necessarily mean it can be driven or ridden down.

Who owns the land – highways can run over private land.

Private access rights – the records show which highways can be used by the public, they do not show private rights of access.

How wide the street is or where the highway boundary is – the widths on the map are only indicative of the highway extent. We typically do not hold detailed information on highway extents or the exact location of the highway boundary. We do not currently provide a service to research these issues. However, if you require assistance in relating to highway boundary to the physical layout of the site, we offer a 'meet on site service' and will take the best view in line with known practice. To arrange an appointment, call the Highways customer care line on 01482 395739 or email

Private streets maintained by the council – the maps do not show streets that the Council maintains that are not highway. For example some access roads to Council depots and within school boundaries.

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What determines which road gets repaired?

We have to make the most of our roads and ensure that we make best use of the funding for major maintenance. This means we have to prioritise the work that we do. We assess a road on its classification, its condition and its safety record and make an evaluation of each road based to give a priority for work on that road. This process is updated every year to take account of any changes in condition or safety data.

In addition to major maintenance schemes we react to urgent safety concerns. We undertake regular safety inspections to identify defects that may be hazardous to highway users and take appropriate action.
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