City blitz on long parkers

2013-05-06 00:00

Parking problems persist

MSUNDUZI may have cleared a hurdle in having a parking meter system in the central business district (CBD), but there are wrinkles to iron out.

Business owners are complaining that the problem of permanent parkers has still not been resolved.

The drivers presumably work in the CBD and arrive early in the morning, before the meter wardens come on duty and leave after they have knocked off work.

They are not fined and no one appears to be monitoring the situation.

Shop owners are complaining that they are losing business because of these permanent parkers as customers drive away when they cannot find parking.

Attorney Farouk Jasat, who has taken up the issue, has written numerous letters to the municipality.

He received a response from municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi after he tried unsuccessfully to get hold of the chief traffic officer on numerous occasions.

Nkosi gave Jasat the name of an official to deal with and he was invited to get back to the municipal manager’s office if he had no joy.

The Witness spoke to shop managers, some of whom suggested a concerted blitz on permanent parkers, street by street, with number plates noted and fines issued.

They understand it cannot be done overnight, but believe that the parking meter company and the municipality need to work on the system to make it more effective.

A job half-done

SANDY Rowney complained about a blocked drain that caused water to form a puddle outside her offices in Boom Street, making it difficult for customers to enter.

The municipality went last Wednesday and cleaned out the drain.

Rowney says it was amazing how much junk was removed and that it was hard to believe that it came from one drain.

Some two hours later the drain was cleared but then they discovered that the pipe from the drain to the main exit was also blocked.

The workers arrived the next day with a new pipe and after several attempts, when the new pipe did not fit properly, the task was abandoned.

Rowney is keeping her fingers crossed that they will return. She said that although the drain had been cleared, the outlet pipe was still blocked so the water was not going to go anywhere.

What about us?

CLELAND resident Sandy Nesbitt wrote that it was a pleasure to see the cleaning up of the gutters and verges in CB Downs Road.

This was obviously due to the impending Comrades Marathon, she said.

However, Nesbitt wanted to know about Murray Road in Cleland, which, she says, “continues to be a disgrace”.

“A small effort was made several weeks ago to attempt to cut the grass, but the verges and gutters between Begonia Road and Azalea Road, over the highway, are still a disgrace.

“Blackjacks thrive at the edge of the road and people going to work early in the morning risk being run over or injured because they have to walk on the road,” Nesbitt said.

She had called the parks department and was advised to be patient, but for how long, she asks.

Active citizens

SCOTTSVILLE ward councillor Vic Winterbach thanked the Pelham community and in particular the headmaster of Pelham Senior Primary School, Louis Botha, for leading an active campaign against plans for a petrol station to be built in the suburb.

The Witness reported last week that this plan had been shelved and there is now a proposal to put up town houses on the property. Winterbach said there was a very organised campaign against the petrol station and Botha, concerned for the safety of his pupils, “played a superb organisational role in the matter”.

The townhouse development requires that the properties in question at the corner of Oribi and Melville Roads will have to be re-zoned from “special residential,” to “general.”

Winterbach said the developers were following all the application procedures for the proposed project.

However, in a re-zoning application, the ward councillor is invited to make his comments.

Winterbach said he was compiling a report and would like to invite residents in the area to make their input.

Comments can be e-mailed to wintervw@sai.co.za.

He added that some of the potential difficulties already raised in this regard were related to the increased traffic flow and the impact of the development on the safety of Pelham schoolchildren as they make their way to the sports fields in Pelham Park across Oribi Road.

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