Thou shall not path

Rosemary Neil has been told she must rip up the path she had built in the front of her home to improve access and safety. Picture: David Baylis d419527
Rosemary Neil has been told she must rip up the path she had built in the front of her home to improve access and safety. Picture: David Baylis d419527

The 68-year-old received a letter from the City of Canning dated April 22 stating she had 28 days to remove the path or face enforcement action.

‘I’m on a corner block and I have wood chips so I don’t have to mow the lawn,’ Ms Neil said. ‘I’ve got my letterbox built into my fence and every time the postie comes, they were getting bogged, so a friend of mine put a little path down for me.

‘We have no footpaths at all in our area and if there was a footpath there, I wouldn’t have to worry about it.’

Ms Neil said the cement and bluestone path on Walton Street was about one slab wide and six metres long.

‘I did write them (the City of Canning) a letter and said if I’d realised I wasn’t allowed to put something down, I wouldn’t have done it,’ she said.

‘Being on a corner block, to walk around that corner it could be dangerous if cars come around, whereas if they walk along the footpath, they don’t have that danger.

‘I just think the council is being unreasonable.

‘Surely, they have better things to worry about than someone trying to make things better for the postie.’

Canning chief executive Lyn Russell said the material used to create the path was not suitable as a verge path because it was unsafe for pedestrians and did not link to the path network.

‘The City of Canning will reinstate the verge so it is safe for the public,’ Ms Russell said.

‘The City will meet with the property owner and explain why it is in the interest of public safety to remove the path and attempt to address concerns she may have regarding accessibility for mail delivery.’

Ms Russell said there were no paths on the street because it has not been identified as vital to the path network.

‘A resident can request the installation of a path in the front of their home in writing by email or letter giving reasons,’ Ms Russell said. ‘The City assesses all requests for paths, considering factors such as community safety and connection to path networks.’