The known tendency of some “consultants” and Council staff to push new works is gradually extending a creeping hardening and heating of our unpaved areas, but you can oppose it. BCS Inc’s response to Council’s Walking Strategy definitely opposes this ingrained tendency. See BCS Inc’s 2016 letter and comments on Report on Council’s recent consultation on its footpath policy.
See hyperlinks below to photos of 31 Beaumaris streets where all or part has one or more verges without a paved footpath. Five of those streets are the internal streets of the entire Deauville Estate. The Deauville Estate Residents’ Group works to keep it enjoying those green verges without paved footpaths, as it has since it was subdivided in the 1920s.
The Special Landscape Overlays at Point Avenue and Coral Avenue now protect the green ambience of those two avenues. See a legal opinion about councils’ limited liability for pedestrians’ risks.
The residents of Te Hongi Court, listed below, unanimously requested, with the help of their then Ward councillor, Cr Derek Wilson, that the concrete footpath around the court be removed, to leave the present natural surface. Bayside City Council agreed to the removal, at the residents’ expense.
verges free of paving, except for vehicle crossings over the verge