Anger at squatters in Hesketh Conservancy

2014-09-05 00:00

HAYFIELDS residents are angered by the presence of squatters who have taken up residence in the Hesketh Conservation Area.

One resident, Norman Gayer, told The Witness he has lived in the area for 25 years. Now residents were scared to walk in the park because they might get mugged by the squatters, he said.

Gayer said he has been in contact with several of the residents who were unhappy with the situation. He alleged that burglaries have increased in the area recently.

When residents had contacted Msunduzi’s waste management services to try to resolve the situation, their complaints were ignored.

“This is a conservancy area and these people have built their own little village in this park,” said Gayer.

Msunduzi waste management services manager, Pius Moseya said, “keeping the park clean is my responsibility, but not the people living in it.

“Security measures must be taken when removing them away from the park.”

Yesterday Moseya sent one of his colleagues, Nkanyiso Dube, to inspect the area, who agreed there was a problem.

“A programme to clean up this area will be arranged next week,” he said.

The Witness also yesterday visited a church situated next to the park.

A staff member there, who did not want give her name, said they had no problem with people using the park as their home. “We are never bothered by their presence at the park because they are not using our land,” she said.

She said one homeless man had been given permission to use a verandah at the church to sleep, in return for acting as a guard.

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