Dubbo Regional Council's plan to close walkways promoting anti-social behaviour has hit an unusual speed bump after it was found part of a laneway is owned by a company that no longer exists.
In April, council closed to resolve the walkway that connects Medowbank Drive and Springfield Way. It's one of numerous walkways council is closing to prevent anti-social activity.
But the Medowbank Drive and Springfield Way laneway is owned by Hughes Development Company, an organisation that has since been deregistered.
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Dubbo mayor Ben Shields said it had been "quite amusing" to see some of the anomalies council had come across while trying to close the walkways.
However, he said it was good to see council doing everything it could to get them closed as soon as possible.
"It is certainly one of the bigger achievements of this council and that is to make our neighbourhoods as safe as we can from a local government perspective," he said.
"So far, most people are very, very happy with council going down the way of closing these lanes. These lanes have been nothing but trouble for many, many years. The police will tell you they're nothing but trouble, the neighbours will tell you they're nothing but trouble, even the perpetrators will tell you they're nothing but trouble."
For the Springfieldway Way and Medowbank Drive laneway, council will negotiate with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to acquire the parcel of land.
It's expected to cost about $12,000.
Cr Shields hopes the land will then be sold to a neighbouring property to increase safety in the area.