The Welcomes and Uplands Road Association is an unincorporated not for profit body run by volunteers, although the day to day administration of the Association has become so onerous and complex that honoraria are paid to the Secretary and Treasurer.
The main purpose of the Road Association is to maintain Welcomes and Uplands Roads, making it distinct from a typical Residents Association.
The two roads concerned are unadopted and their maintenance is the responsibility of the residents. Since it is impractical for residents to maintain their own section of the road, this task has been entrusted to a Road Committee since 1928. The original Road Committee changed its name to WURA at an AGM in 2002 .
All residents whose property frontages Welcomes or Uplands Roads and the spur roads of Benthall Gardens, Cumnor Rise, Kearton Close, Maryhill Close, Simone Drive and Pine Close which rely on Welcomes and Uplands Roads for access, are deemed to be members of the Association and are covenanted by deed to share the cost of maintaining Welcomes and Uplands Roads in line with the legal principle of benefit and burden re-affirmed by the Court of Appeal in the case of Goodman v Elwood 2013 and reinforced in 2010 by a standard note in the House of Commons library (PDF file).
The full constitution of the Association can be viewed here (PDF file).
WURA operate under the Legal Framework for Private Roads (5th Edition, 2013), details available here
Michael Lott – Uplands Road representative
Some examples of what the Road Committee is responsible for overseeing:
- road maintenance and signage, including speed limit signs
- drain clearance, flood management and leaf sweeps
- requests to members to keep verges clean and, if needed, getting the work carried out and billing the member
- parking issues which impact the road, when members have been unable to resolve the problem in the first instance
- keeping the roads open and dealing with utility companies when excavations and other work is required
- collecting road levies, including from developers, and chasing defaulters for payment
- providing road levy information for house purchasers (as per Form TA6) and answering other solicitors’ queries during the conveyancing process
- negotiating with Croydon Council regarding controversial housing developments with poor on-site parking ratios or other likely adverse impact on the road
- report fly-tipping to the Council and passes information regarding security risks to members (via email – please make your email address available to the Secretary )
- maintains this website
The Road Committee does not get involved with:
- disputes between neighbours of all kinds including those about noise (see Croydon Council for details on what can be done)
- clearing fallen trees, unless the member is unable to do so
- nuisance parking which should be solved by the members themselves