Verges now protected property
CHILD swings, trampolines and building material piles now need permission to be on council verges in the Town of Mosman Park.
“We are, as a council, noticing more things on our verges and while some may be just unsightly, we’re not just picking on swings, as it could be piles of sand or mulch people are using and which get blown into council stormwater drains,” regulatory services executive manager Tom Abbott said.
At last month’s meeting, councillors went behind closed doors to discuss a confidential item about how to deal with unofficial, permanent items on verges.
They include long-term skip bins, star pickets used to protect grass, basketball hoops and cubby houses which could public safety hazards, or expose the council to insurance claims.
“Especially at night people may not see them, and postmen use verges as well,” Mr Abbott said.
Councillors agreed chief executive Kevin Poynton should enforce a council policy requiring residents to get permission for additions to verges.
Mr Abbott said the council would take a “considered and careful” approach to the enforcement, including explaining to residents why they needed to apply for a permit for any of their additions to verges, and the council would not start fining people immediately.
Tom Abbott from the Town of Mosman Park says the council will not start fining people immediately for leaving items on verges.