Roads and Verges, Parking Restrictions and Property Development

The Roadways and Grass Verges on the Elmer Sands Estate are owned by Elmer Sands Ltd.

Maintenance of Verges – Homeowners are asked to maintain the grass verges abutting their own properties. This keeps the overall maintenance fees low and allows for individual standards for grass cutting and design of frontages.  There are virtually no pavements or kerbs on the Estate and not all the roads on the Estate have surface water drains. Therefore the grass verges are one of the most important forms of surface water drainage.

Planting Trees on Verges – Members wishing to plant trees or large shrubs on the verges must submit a formal request to ESL for a Licence which relates to responsibility for maintenance.

Parking – One of the most important issues concerns parking on the Estate roads and grass verges. The primary concerns are access for emergency vehicles, safety for pedestrians and effective drainage.  Visitors and services will need to park on the roads from time to time but regular parking of vehicles on the Estate roads and verges is not permitted.  ESL contracts a Parking Management Company to issue penalty charges in cases of non-compliance with the Estate rules.

Alterations to Driveways – Members wishing to utilise a section of the grass verge to widen access to their property must first submit a Licence application to ESL to formalise the use of land.

Building Development – If a homeowner undertakes developments to a property that may result in encroachment on the Company’s land eg heavy plant or storage of materials, additional parking or delivery of materials, blocking access or any other activity that could cause disruption, permission must be sought from ESL in advance of the work. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to reinstate any damage caused to the verges and/or roads.  Property owners must read and sign a Development Agreement and Site Requirements prior to any work taking place.

The unique sight of clear roads and wide grass verges enhances the living environment for everyone and makes the Estate a safer place to be. ESL strives to manage the land and compliance with rules to maintain this uniqueness.