Footpaths, Berms and Walkways
Council provides footpaths on some streets in the urban communities, for safe and comfortable access and recreation of residents.
Footpaths are maintained to ensure that they are suitable for safe use by pedestrians, without excessive hazards associated with slipping or tripping. Significant accumulations of leaves or other materials on footpaths are removed where appropriate.
Council has an objective of providing a sealed or concrete footpath on at least one side of the streets that are more heavily used by pedestrians, and Council has a prioritized program of footpath construction intended to achieve this over time.
The extent of footpath construction is dependant on the financial circumstances of Council at that time.
In urban communities the areas between the road and an adjacent property are termed berms. In some cases the berm may contain footpaths, signs, lights, power poles and other items owned by Council or other service providers.
Though the land of the berm is owned by Council, it is generally expected that occupiers will maintain their own frontages.
In the rural area however the area between the road pavement and the adjacent property will be subject to occasional mowing or weedspraying by Council to ensure that vegetation growth does not impede the vision of road users. However if you wish your property frontage to be excluded from road side vegetation control contact Council.
There are a small number of unsealed walkways in the Otorohanga and Kawhia Communities. These walkways receive only limited maintenance, typically restricted to periodic cutting back of vegetation and repair of any serious walkway defects.