Alex Park clean-up gets boost

2013-05-02 00:00

THE Alexandra Park clean-up has received another boost that could augur well for future events at the venue.

On Tuesday, a Local Organising Committee (LOC) was formed, made up of representatives from Cars in the Park, the Comrades Marathon Association, Art in the Park, the Inland Cricket Union and the Msunduzi Municipality.

Johan van Staden, Comrades race director, described the meeting as a positive development. The LOC agreed to meet again to ensure that the park was fixed in time for the first of the city’s major events — Cars in the Park, starting on May 19, 2013.

Koushik Maharaj, a representative from the KZN Inland Cricket Union executive, called the meeting.

The cricket union makes use of the Oval. Maharaj said he saw it as a way for organisations that use the park and the municipality to work together for the improvement of the facility.

“With this LOC we can ensure that everyone is on the same wavelength; we can establish what needs to done in this critical timeframe and ensure that it gets done. The LOC can also guard against any last minute hitches,” said Maharaj.

Just over two weeks ago the events’ organisers were in a state of panic over the shoddy state of the park.

Debris had still not been cleared after a major storm in January and fences and gates were in a state of disrepair.

Cars in the Park organiser Fred Rascher called an emergency meeting at which The Witness and Pietermaritzburg Tourism were present.

He said he had indicated to the Msunduzi Parks Department that his organisation was prepared to pay for the repairs to fences in the area where the cars were to be exhibited.

He had no response until The Witness alerted Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi and chairperson of the Community Services Portfolio Committee, Manilall Inderjith.

They intervened and the park cleanup was fast-tracked.

Hockey field: club also seeks action

DON’T forget about us!

This was the plaintive cry from the hockey fraternity at the AB Jackson grounds in Alexandra Park.

They have been trying to get the Msunduzi Parks Department to fix a broken fence since January.

Kathy Pascoe of the KZN Inland Hockey Association said the fence was also broken in the storm in January when three trees fell over it. The Parks Department partially cleared away the trees and left the broken fence which had barbed wire dangling from its end.

Pascoe said the broken fence jutted into the road and they’ve had drivers complain about their cars being damaged.

The Witness sent a message to the chairperson of the Msunduzi Community Services Portfolio Committee, Manilall Inderjith.

This was while he was at the meeting of the Alexandra Park Local Organising Committee and Inderjith got hold of officials in the Infrastructure Services Committee.

The officials obliged and said they would get on with the job.

Pascoe said the debris from the fallen trees had been cleared away and she would check today whether the fence was being repaired.

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