Council asked to act on messy walkways
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.