Decision has taken 10 years

THIS walkway could well hold the record for longest "temporary" closure in The Hills.

So joked Garth Hugo who lives a few doors up from the Wentworth Avenue walkway in North Rocks which has been closed for a decade — "pending a decision by [The Hills] Council", Mr Hugo said.

A council spokesman said the council resolved on February 24, 2004 that the walkway between William Place and Wentworth Avenue would be closed.

But Mr Hugo is still asking when it will reopen.

He pointed to a letter he'd received from the council about the walkway, dated January 13, 2004.

"This walkway is temporarily closed and barricaded as it is unsafe for public use," the letter stated.

Mr Hugo said the wording of the letter meant nothing was decided.

A neighbour, who wished not to be named, said there was also the matter of compensation.

He said he'd been maintaining the walkway since 2004 at his own expense.

"I've been using my whipper snipper, petrol," he said.

"If they look after it I prefer it closed but they [council] should be maintaining it, it's the least they can do."

The council's spokesman said: "As the laneway is currently closed, maintenance to control vegetation is undertaken twice a year".

The walkway is flanked by four houses.

Mr Hugo's wife Michelle said if the lane was reopened their two daughters would have one less kilometre to walk to school.

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