Outcry over refuse mess and no lights

2013-10-29 00:00

THERE is a service delivery outcry among Woodlands and Claridge residents.

This has been prompted by the street lights that have not been working and the poor condition of the garden refuse site, which the community now want closed down.

Along Otto’s Bluff Road leading to Woodlands, the verges are overgrown and litter is scattered around the garden refuse site.

Shane Taylor from Woodlands said residents feared for their safety since their street lights along Hickory Road stopped working more than a month ago.

“We pay for a service and the least the council can do is to provide us with the service because our area is in mess,” said Taylor.

He said they wanted the garden refuse site to be removed as it is unhygienic.

He showed The Witness a street light pole that had shifting spanners dangling from it, left by people who were replacing poles but never came back to finish their job.

A concerned resident from Claridge, Vishad Deeplaul, said all along the road adjacent to the Happy Valley settlement, which runs for about two kilometres, massive amounts of smelly rubbish litter the road side.

He said the mess spilled onto the road and caused a danger to the traffic on the road.

“Last month I spent R3 500 to replace two tyres damaged because of concrete slabs on the road,” said Deeplaul.

He said litter is just one of the many problems that emanated from this settlement.

“I don’t have a problem that the settlement has developed. But if you have allowed it [to develop], you need to supply the residents with the services as well, or the mere education that the residents of this settlement need to take into account on cleanliness and keeping Pietermaritzburg clean,” he said.

He said several complaints made to the municipality have fallen on deaf ears.

“Months later, nothing has been done. It is indeed sad to see our city, once so beautiful … now looks like this,” said Deeplaul.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said there was an ongoing programme addressing street lights generally as there were several areas affected.

“That road and all others affected will eventually be sorted out,” said Zuma.

He said the matter of the garden refuse site has been brought to the attention of the waste department to clean up.

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