Council clears up blunder

An overgrown, rubbish-filled Warrawong laneway will be properly maintained after the Wollongong City Council discovered it was its responsibility, not Housing NSW’s.

The outcome will be welcomed by residents of Bent Street, who use the pedestrian laneway that runs alongside the Shell service station to access King Street and the shopping centre.

A Bent Street resident, who wished to remain nameless, contacted the Advertiser on Tuesday last week,  complaining about the long grass. 

She said the laneway was ‘‘an absolute disgrace’’, littered with broken bottles,  trolleys and other rubbish that could attract rats and snakes. 

The resident had called Housing NSW and was told the Wollongong City Council was responsible for the laneway but when she called the council, she was told it was Housing NSW’s responsibility.

The Advertiser contacted the council and Housing NSW.

A Housing NSW spokesman said the laneway was council property and therefore its responsibility.

Two days after calling the council, the Advertiser was  told the area had not been on the council’s maintenance schedule, as it was understood the area was looked after by Housing NSW.

‘‘A council investigation has revealed this laneway should be included in our maintenance schedule. A council works crew will mow by the end of this week [last week] and it will be continued to be maintained every four weeks,’’ a council spokesperson said.

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