We maintain around 256km of footpaths, carry out maintenance to repair faults, and replace about 3km of footpaths each year.
Footpaths wear out and become rough or broken for a number of reasons including tree roots, work undertaken by power/gas/water or phone authorities and heavy vehicles driving over them.
Mobility scooter and disabled users
If you use a mobility scooter or other aid then we understand the challenges that can occur trying to do everyday things. We are busy making our streets more accessible and have completed access surveys and have a budget and programme to remove barriers. However if there is a particular locations that is causing you a problem please give us some feedback. Contact Us page, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 924 723.
Once we are aware of the issue an inspector will assess the problem and arrange for improvements to be made where possible.
Tables and chairs on a footpath
Waipa towns have some great cafes and public spaces to enjoy. To ensure that footpaths are safe and easily accessible to the public (particularly outside local businesses), a permit is required to place tables and chairs on a public footpath.
How to apply for a permit
- You can complete an application form online; or
- Download an application form: Application for Permit to place chairs and tables on a footpath [PDF, 2 pages, 300KB]
We appreciate the efforts of residents who maintain their own frontages so that little or no spraying is needed. This helps to engender pride in the appearance of properties and to save everyone money.
In rural areas we mow a narrow strip and spray around signs and railings to keep them visible. Herbicides are used as a cost effective way of control.
We have a register of residents throughout the district who would like to fully maintain their urban or rural frontage and who do not wish to have any spraying undertaken. If you want to be added to this register please contact us at email@example.com or call 0800 924 723 for more information.
For the safety of pedestrians please keep your trees and shrubs trimmed back from the footpath. A height of 2.4m needs to be kept clear over the footpath and regularly monitored during the growing season. If you can walk the full width of the footpath with an umbrella up then your trees and shrubs are probably ok.