Businesses disgusted with Boom Street mess

2008-03-06 00:00

LOWER Boom Street, with its booming business and busy taxi rank, has been reduced to a pungent, ugly site by heaps of rubbish.

Though rain, humidity and heat are all environmental contributors to the stinky situation, the real culprits are the people who dump their rubbish there.

The problem is aggravated by the lack of municipal workers to remove the rubbish.

Locals say street cleaners congregate at a municipal building in the street in the mornings. “The street cleaners just stare at the mess,” said an angry shop owner.

Among the many businesses are several taverns, and their rubbish includes food scraps and the dregs of alcohol.

The terrible smell has driven customers away from other businesses, a shop owner said.

Shopkeepers, though concerned about the unhealthy problem, asked that they remain unnamed. This is due to the fact that the last time a similar complaint was published, municipal workers toyi-toyied outside the complainants’ premises.

“We are spraying Doom [pesticide] the whole day,” said a shopkeeper.

“I have phoned the municipality and they keep telling me that they are going to send trucks to collect the rubbish. The trucks never come and the rubbish keeps growing.”

The rubbish heaps are too large for the street cleaners to deal with.

Municipal manager for waste management Richard Rajah said he would only be able to comment in the next two days, once he has investigated the problem.

melissad@witness.co.za

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