29 January 2015
Potential fire risk with overgrown sections
The Gore District Council is urging property owners to tidy up any overgrown sections as the fire risk continues to climb in the south.
A total fire ban is in place for eastern areas of the Gore District, while a restricted season is in place elsewhere.
Parks and Recreation Manager Ian Soper said long grass and overgrown sections are a potential fire risk in dry weather, not to mention an ideal habitat for rats and mice. The Council has sent out about 70 letters this summer to property owners reminding them to keep their sections tidy; which is on a par with previous years, he said.
If property owners ignore the request to tidy their section, the Council can carry out the work and recover the cost from the owner, Mr Soper said.
The Council’s long grass and overhanging foliage bylaw sets the maximum height for grass in urban areas at half a metre. Property owners also need to make sure trees, shrubs and plants on the boundary are clear of the adjacent road or footpath. Growth from trees, low shrubs, vines and hedges should not impede use of the road or footpath.