Footpath and road obstruction reminder

Published on 05 July 2019

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Horsham Rural City Council is concerned about a growing number of complaints regarding obstructions on footpaths, kerbs and street corners.

“Recently the Council has received a number of reports regarding trade vehicles being parked illegally near building sites, causing obstruction to pedestrians and blocking parking bays for drivers,” Manager Regulatory Services Lauren Coman said.

“We are receiving reports about people using their own witch’s hats to close off blocks of parking bays without permission.

“Footpaths are constructed to provide a safe environment for all pedestrians and it is especially worrying to see the elderly, young school children and people with strollers having to avoid vehicles and equipment illegally blocking footpaths.”

Ms Coman said Council recognised that workers needed to restrict access to roadside areas and footpaths in order to complete construction projects.

But she said too many Wimmera tradespeople were not following proper process.

“Gaining a permit through the Council means tradies can be assured that what they are doing is compliant and they are not legally exposed when things go wrong,” she said.

“We can also help with advice and planning for alternative access for pedestrians and drivers.

“Applying for a permit is a straightforward process and applications can be submitted on Council’s website”

Ms Coman said the Community Safety Unit would step up its inspections.

“The Council is committed to keeping local roads and footpaths throughout the municipality safe for the benefit of all residents, and the Rangers will continue to be vigilant to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

“This also includes obstructions in commercial areas where A-frame signs and hoardings crowd footpaths.

“There are many positive benefits enjoyed by the local community through the promotion of footpath trading activities including increased activity and diversity of street life. But footpath trading requires Council approval which will only be permitted in circumstances where pedestrian access, community safety and amenity is not compromised.

“Rangers may impound articles such as A-frame notice boards and displayed goods immediately if they pose a threat or danger to the public.

If you see a vehicle, construction equipment or other commercial equipment that is illegally impeding a thoroughfare, contact HRCC’s Community Safety Unit on (03) 5382 9777.

For more information visit www.hrcc.vic.gov.au and search local laws.