Contacting the council seems like a lot of hassle to be honest. I have seen the same sort of question asked on here before and an admin has contacted VM and then given an answer. Does that not happen anymore?
Don't think I'm on a private road. Like I say, the houses up and down the road are done but they have left a block of around 5 houses on either side of the road untouched. Just normal standard terraced houses with tarmac pavements.