Verges now pro­tected prop­erty

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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