RESPONSIBILITY for a road right on the Bromsgrove and Birmingham divide has finally been taken, thanks to one tenacious resident.
Birmingham City Council has finally accepted responsibility for Druids Lane after Marilyn Melville fought for the maintenance of the road.
Marilyn has lived there for nine years and has battled with their neighbours to get the road repaired after Virgin Media dug it up to lay wires.
Since then it has been left with inadequate lighting, uneven road surfaces and no speed limit.
She found out Birmingham City Council gave permission for the road to be dug up and then questioned why the city council did not come to do the repairs.
The problem then resurfaced when Marilyn applied to extend her drive and was greeted with letters from both sides of the fence claiming the road was not in their jurisdiction and not adopted or on the land registry.
The area boundaries fall so stringent the litter pickers from Birmingham clear one side of the road’s hedges and Bromsgrove clear the other.
“It is just so unfair that surrounding areas have perfectly surfaced roads, which are well lit and have adopted the 20mph speed limit.”
But now, after admitting responsibility, Birmingham City Council has said it is implementing the 20pmh speed restrictions on 90 per cent of the city’s roads and it will be enforced on Druids Lane in due course. As the area falls on such a strict divide they are still working closeley with Worcestershire County Council to fully cover the needs of the lane.
A spokesman from Birmingham City Council said: “Having clarified that this section of Druids Lane does indeed fall under the responsibility of Birmingham City Council, our officers are in regular contact with the resident in question and are currently working with her to find the right solution.”