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How satisfied are you with the standard of footpaths in your area?

by Willoughby Admin, over 6 years ago

Willoughby Council would like to know your thoughts about the quality of footpaths in the Willoughby area.

Are you satisfied with the standard of footpaths or would you like to see improvements?

Feel free to let us know of any specific examples you can think of.   

This consultation has concluded. If you wish to ask a question or make a submission on the Special Rate Variation please visit the Special Rate Variation Consultation page which you can find on the main page of Have Your Say Willoughby.

  • Darius over 6 years ago
    During our 12 month Community Asset Consultation we will be asking you for feedback on specific assets. This discussion looks at footpaths in your area. Please let us know your thoughts and check back to see what others are saying about this community asset. Thanks!
    • Bobf over 6 years ago
      The footpaths in Castlecrag pose a challenge to Council. On Edinburgh Road and in the Griffin Conservation Area to its south the natural state of the footpaths has been retained in keeping with the character of the GCA and residents wish to keep it this way. There is a well-maintained footpath on the north side of Edinburgh Road. Lower down the escarpment, particularly along The Bulwark, a number of carports etc extend onto the road reserve making it difficult to construct a satisfactory footpath. Residents in this area have a significant problem regarding footpaths, but a street solution will be expensive. ome means of providing more accessible pedestrian access through the reserves is required.
      • Greenberg over 6 years ago
        The residents of Castlecrag do not wish to 'keep it this way'. I'm a resident and I want proper footpaths. I put my safety and the safety of my kids over 'keeping with the character of the GCA'. That excuse is a copout, that council likes to perpetuate so they don't have to install footpaths. Add some older out of touch noisy residents with too much time on their hands to complain about proposed footpaths and you have a safety hazard like Castlecrag has. Bite the bullet and install the footpaths before someone dies.
  • Sinsava over 6 years ago
    Most of the foot path are fine but the problem is with the overhead hanging branches or the hedges which the residents are not trimming & its very difficult to walk with an umbrella for any one I have been following this for over a month and nothing has been done Corner of Chapman Ave & Orchard Road I think I will have to break the branches my self with my bare hands as I pass this way every night
  • johnpatrick over 6 years ago
    More work should be done to widen footpaths to accomodate bikes, there are many narrow footpaths and very poor quality grass/tree planting areas, (which are in need of upgrading anyway), along busy roads. With the reluctance of the various government authorities including Willoughby Council to promote bikes by providing proper safe bike lanes on the road pavements, then a short term fix would be to put wider bike/pedestrian paths along busy roads to promote bikes and help solve some of the hopeless traffic conjestion along our roads. Why is it we are willing to accept one car can park on a busy road and effectively reduce the traffic flow by 50%, yet the there is a great uproar when anyone suggests improving bike lanes!! Mowbray Road is a prime example. Lets face it we have to reduce traffic volume before our neighbourhoods and whole city grinds to a halt in one hopeless 24/7 traffic jam. Be willing to compromise and do some action Willoughby Council!! Less talk and some action.
    • Trix over 6 years ago
      Yes, provide bike lanes, but not on the footpaths please. Pedestrians and bikes don't mix.
    • Stuart713 over 6 years ago
      pedestrians and bikes mix satisfactorily most places most of the time. The exception is when there is a high density of pedestrians such as in Chatswood CBD. Most times footpaths are empty and bikes should be allowed to ride on them if there is no marked bike lane on the road.
    • deco over 6 years ago
      Willoughby Council has done quite a lot for bikes, but I agree that even more could be done. Better on-road and off road bicycle lanes are needed, and more bicycle parking in high visibility areas. Providing people who ride with a safe alternative will reduce the desire for people riding on the footpath.
    • Greenberg over 6 years ago
      Yes, I agree Johnpatrick, council needs to do more to accomodate proper bike paths. Painting a picture of a bike on the road which cars just park over, is not a satisfactory bike path. I'd rather ride on the road then risk car doors opening into me.
    • Eddy over 6 years ago
      About 6 months ago I wrote on this forum that I never would feel comfortable riding a bike around Chatswood, despite a real desire to get more fit and active. Since then, I got rid of my old bomb of a car, bought a great bike and just got stuck into cycling. What a revelation!Im thrilled with the amount of safe, easy cycling paths around Willoughby - stunned even, at how much off road cycling routes there are. I love planning my next route with the free cycling maps and getting out there. The dual bike/pedestrian paths work really well. Generally theres a lot of good will and common sense between pedestrians and cyclists. Id love to see more of these. Its a safe way to travel. As Johnpatrick says, it will get more cars off the road, and that can only make Willoughby a more liveable place.The 'bike lanes' on roads are fine provided its not busy. When the traffic gets a little full on, typically a Saturday morning, there are occasions when I ease up onto a few footpaths. To date Ive never had a problem with the moving traffic, but I have had a few alarming moments with car doors swinging open.Anyway, well done Willoughby. Please keep building up the cycling infrastructure. If you can get a noob like me up and cycling there is hope.
    • Rowan Brown over 6 years ago
      I fully agree about the need for more to be done for bikes. A prime example would be the footpath along Alpha Road adjacent to the Shore Playing Fields. This footpath could be widened and flattened to join with the bike track alongside Flat Rock Drive and the new bike track that will go through the Willoughby Paddocks development. And there would only be one "neighbour" to consult...
  • charlie over 6 years ago
    A lot of work was done recently in our area. I don't know if this followed my complaint about the trip hazards between the Highway, via eddy Road and other streets to Beaconsfield Road. However, the repairs have been welcomed. I also complained about he darkness along this route and was told that this was being investigated. No improvements have been made. What is needed in our treelined streets is directional lighting from the opposite side of the street to get under the tree canopy.The darkness in the streets at night is also a problem near the CBD and could be remedied in the same way by having directional lighting from across the road.I my area there are drainage ditches beside the footpath which is below street level. Some of these are clear, others are overgrown; some have quite deep holes where they enter a culvert beside the footpath; at night most are hard to see and if we are not watchful they are a real trip hazard. For anyone unfamiliar with where they are they are a danger. The council officer who replied to my letter of complaint thinks that they are not a problem and are there to drain runoff. I am yet to see them operating in this way, especially those which are overgrown with soft (leaf litter grown over by grass) filling and are not solid underfoot.Can someone look at these along Lone Pine/Beresord/Dalrymple? Surely by today's safety standards they should be covered by a grille.
  • Trix over 6 years ago
    Wonderful new pathway built a couple of years ago near my house. However it is too narrow and leaves a gap between the path and the adjacent properties, enabling people to plant such things as moraya's, which they then fail to prune. It becomes difficult to overtake someone in the opposite direction without walking in mud on the verge. I also agree with the nuisance of overhanging trees.
  • Sinsava over 6 years ago
    2 Feet of footpath is taken by the lamp post 2 feet is taken by the hedges Protruding out of resedential fences imagine what space is left on the foothpath to walk with a pram & people crossing each other with an umbrella you should get the picture now
  • Eddie over 6 years ago
    footpaths are average to good condition in my street - second avenue. some areas (top end near endiburgh) do need repair levelling to ensure safety when walking
  • Ian over 6 years ago
    Generally the footpaths throughout out WCC areas are better standard than many other councils in Sydney. They are also quite well maintained for root lift, cracks etc. Foliage and weed overgrowth is a common problem, from both private and council property. (May be an article in the news letter with constructive suggestions may help here). The council could communicate better on what's being done.
  • Lynn over 6 years ago
    I would like to point out that the east side footpath at the bus shelter in Penshurst Street near the corner of Mowbray Road is far too narrow, both for pedestrian traffic and especially for safety. To pass in front of the bus shelter one has to walk within about 40cm of the busy, fast moving traffic. It must be a nightmare for mothers with young children or those pushing a stroller. Also pedestrians walking up the street have difficulty getting past people waiting on the footpath for the bus.Could the bus shelter be recessed into the school grounds? I have never seen any students just inside the boundary fence at that point and do not see it would cause any problem for the school. Lynn
  • Sinsava over 6 years ago
    A bulb on lamp post betwen Seldon & Chapman Ave on Orchard Road needs replacement This has been out for over 4 months I was informed Ausgrid was aske to fix this last month but still they have not done any thing I wonder why does it take them so long to change a light bulb Can they wait on their Salaries like this I guess Not
  • artarmon1 over 6 years ago
    I think the footpaths are substantially good. Please do not have any new shared bike and pedestrian areas. There is no way that they are compatible. Also the fad of using the footpath for cultivation is definitely not desirable. The council has a habit of replacing remove trees on the footpath with jacarandas. These trees are not without disadvantage and there are already enough of them in the area. Please try to plant more native trees.
  • Greenberg over 6 years ago
    The footpaths in Castlecrag are terrible. Very old, rough and cracked. Also there is a distinct lack of footpaths which are required for safety for children going to and from school on bikes, scooters and walking as well as others. The idea that Castlecrag shouldn't have any more footpaths due to trying to keep a bushy outlook is just plane laziness, stupidity and lack of ingenuity. In this day and age, there's no technical reason why footpaths couldn't be installed on all roads in Castlecrag. Roads in this area are narrow, numerous twists and turns and blind corners, with cars parked all along the streets, and utterly dangerous for any pedestrians, especially for those pushing prams or those with younger kids such as myself.A few older whinging residents complained about the proposed footpath on Sunnyside about a year ago. Couldn't believe that council puts their outdated opinions over the safety of our children and residents. Not everyone wants to drive everywhere these days. Some of us like to admire this bushy suburb as a pedestrian. Be great if the council could actually push forward with footpaths on all roads in Castlecrag.
    • Anna over 6 years ago
      I completely agree about the state of the footpaths in Castlecrag - actually in my street (Sugarloaf Crescent) they are non-existent. As a result as a person walking to and form public transport every day which I use to get to work, I have the choice of either walking on the road with the inherent dangers of doing so, or trying to pick my way on the wet, uneven grassy surface. Now I am an adult, but what about the many kids walking to the bus stop to go to school? We are basically pushing our children to walk to the roads. On the weekend, there are many small kids using their bikes on the road, as again there are no footpaths. This is a very dangerous situation as it's a long street and often people drive quite fast to get other other end. I agree that we should encourage a lot more walking - and having footpaths is the pre-requsite.
    • Jezza over 6 years ago
      Firstly, the existing footpaths in Castlecrag are rough, old and cracked. Maintaining these existing footpaths is a continuing cost to Council and the community generally, yet they are not being adequately maintained. How will the building of more footpaths help as there will just be a need for more ongoing maintenance.Do you realise that this is a heritage suburb, designed as a bush suburb by Walter and Marrion Griffin (no foot paths, as much green as possible). Some people who have moved to Castlecrag don't realise that they are privileged to be surrounded by all this beautiful bush land, with no footpaths to trip over. If you look around the surrounding suburbs you will find real suburbia with foot paths, concrete scars throughout. It is not laziness but a committment to protect and preserve a beautiful suburb. Adding more footpaths will involve the removal of many established trees and of course future maintence costs are an added cost to the community. I'm not old or a whinger and I am often a pedestrian who is just concerned about protecting this very special and quite unique surburb. The best way to acheve a good result for all is to slow the traffic down in the side streets to 40 klms with children playing signs installed.Lets preserve what we have because once its gone its gone for ever.
    • castlecrag over 6 years ago
      Concrete footpaths are not consistent with the original design of Castlecrag which is a bushaland suburb. Placing concrete footpaths all through the suburb will result in the permanent loss of mature native trees and permantly destroy the character of Castlecrag. This is particularly true in Sunnyside Crescent where the resulting tree loss would be awful. Mature trees provide many benefits in terms of amenity, privacy, stormwater absorption, willife habitat and the microclimate which helps to keep homes cool in Summer and warm in Winter. Tree loss is cumulative and we must protect the dwindling number of mature trees that are left. There is already more than emough concrete to look at and Castlecrag with its leafy vistas provides some welcome respite from this.Riding of bikes on footpaths is extremely dangerous for both cyclists and pedestrians. The best way to improve the safety of all parties would be to reduce speed limits to 40km/hour in the back streets. I am not old and I am not a whinger.
      • Ckb over 6 years ago
        What is your opinion on mums with babies and small kids having to walk on the road with the cars?I live in Chatswood West and if I want to go for a walk with my baby we have to share the road with cars. It is impossible for me to go for a walk with my baby, 2 yr old and 4 year old because I have to walk on the road or push the pram over all sorts of grass. This is so unsafe and very unsatisfactory.
  • Lynn over 6 years ago
    The footpaths nearby my home are in fairly good order as many have been relaid in recent years. However there is one place where the footpath is insufficient - it is at the bus top outside Willoughby Girls School in Penshurst Street. The bus shelter comes to within about 90cm of the kerb, making it almost impossible for two people to pass, and very difficult for mothers with strollers who have to try to manoeuvre round waiting bus passengers. It is also dangerous, as vehicles fly past within centimetres of those forced to walk so close to the kerb. One day there is sure to be an accident if someone overbalances and steps on to the road. The bus shelter could be set back into the school boundary wall to give more space.Sara
  • Grover David over 6 years ago
    Generally I think the Council maintains its footpaths well. Western Way (off Jenkins St) however between Jenkins and Edgar was promised a proper path as many students use it and end up sharing the road with cars. One side was edged and guttered some years ago and is excellent however the other side which forms the footpath is made up of bricks built up and asphalt fill worn away and needing work.At the time this was promised as soon as funds were available.The steps outside number 10 Jenkins St were not constructed properly and have spacings that are not to code. These were built 4-5 years ago. The spacing causes people to misstep and some serious falls have occurred. Home owners adjacent all concur. It is just two steps that are the problem - the tread changes depth at one point and pedestrians tread on the very edge of the concrete, falling headfirst.
  • margaretterose over 6 years ago
    The corner of Victoria Ave and Kooringa Road Chatswood.The property on the corner is a Community Radio station which is rented from the Council. It is a disgrace to both the Council and the Radio Station. The trees overhang the footpath to such an extent it is sometimes impossible to walk down Kooringa Road on that side of the street. There is garden debris between the house and the footpath which is unsightly and a fire hazard. There is a constant problem with the dumping of rubbish on the corner. I actually saw men from 7-13 dumping a queen size mattress on the median strip and laughing as they did it. The footpaths are very uneven and at least 3 elderly residents of Kooringa Road have had bad falls as a result of tripping on the paths on Victoria Avenue between Kooringa Road and Stanley Street.
  • lomandra over 6 years ago
    Footpaths in Willoughby are generally pretty good, however the footpath on the western side of Willoughby Rd between Artarmon Rd and Borlaise has to be one of the worst in the area - it is cracked and uneven asphalt poorly lit and often affected by encroaching hedges from properties near Armstrong St. It would be sensible to resurface the whole footpath as the grass verge is usually poorly maintained. I get somewhat annoyed by cars parking completely across a footpath, its OK if they can park across the width of the verge where it is wide enough, provided they don't impinge on the footpath itself. Offenders are often tradies on building sites.
  • John_B about 6 years ago
    In the past few years Council undertook selective repairs to footpaths in Chatswood West on a 'square by square' basis (around Beaconsfield Rd, Sharland Ave etc). This is obviously the most cost effective method, but given that many of the footpaths in the area are 30, 40, 50+ years old (70?) it looks very patchwork with the brand new vs ancient and worn concrete. While clearly council can't replace an entire street's footpaths just because of 1 or 2 broken panels, in some cases it would look to have made more sense to just replace the lot rather than go square by square, only to have to return to do other squares in between over the next 1-5 years as they also break down due to age. The visual amenity of the suburb would be improved by reducing the patchwork nature of the repairs.