Coun­cil asked to act on messy walk­ways

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa man Ross Ju­lian has had enough of the state of al­ley­ways in Toko­roa.

Mr Ju­lian picks up rub­bish in and around al­ley­ways and would like more ratepay­ers to voice their con­cerns about how the al­ley­ways are be­ing treated.

Al­ley­ways on Bal­moral Drive, Weka Place and Kelso Street are known to have over­grown grass, tag­ging, bro­ken pieces of wood and plas­tic, and some are rid­dled with smashed glass.

‘‘I spoke to more peo­ple on my walk, more ratepay­ers who are ready to come along to a meet­ing if it’s called.

‘‘ We could walk through an­other 10 to 15 al­ley­ways and we would have the same prob­lem . . . I am hop­ing to see a dif­fer­ence.’’

Mr Ju­lian met with coun­cil of­fi­cials last week to raise his con­cerns.

‘‘I per­son­ally would like to hear a lit­tle more from more of the ratepay­ers . . . I talk to a lot of peo­ple.’’

South Waikato District Coun­cil as­sets group man­ager Roger Fisher said it is a con- stant bat­tle look­ing af­ter the walk­ways be­cause of the an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour of peo­ple who abuse them.

‘‘This type of be­hav­iour can be closely linked to the van­dal­ism ar­ti­cle the South Waikato News fea­tured re­cently. It is un­for­tu­nate that the man­ner in which just a few peo­ple treat these pub­lic ar­eas makes a mess for the rest of the com­mu­nity.’’

Mr Fisher said the cur­rent con­trac­tor isn’t re­quired to visit each walk­way each week.

‘‘Coun­cil’s parks con­trac­tor RYH looks af­ter the district’s walk­ways. Their con­tract has main­te­nance sched­ules for mow­ing that are based on a range of grass heights (they should be kept be­tween 35mm and 100mm in al­ley­ways) so they time their vis­its to stay within this range. At the same time they also re­move rub­bish.’’

Coun­cil will re­spond to re­quests for clo­sure of walk­ways and will in­ves­ti­gate whether the clo­sure is jus­ti­fied and de­sired by the fre­quent users and neigh­bours to the walk­way.

DIS­GRUN­TLED: Toko­roa’s Ross Ju­lian wants the al­ley­ways in Toko­roa to be bet­ter kept.

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