Residents wait on action in city reparation

2010-01-22 00:00

CITY WATCH

LYOV Hassim writes: There is an electricity pole hanging at a 45- degree angle over Deccan Road, between Olympia Way and Newholmes Way.

This is a hazard for school children, motorists etc. The municipality is aware of this as a new pole has been erected, but the old pole has all the wires and cables on it. Can the municipality tell us its grand plan for the pole? It’s been there for the last two weeks. What has the councillor done about this?

The Msunduzi Municipality failed to respond by the time of going to print.

 

M.E. Robinson writes: “World’s View picnic area — A Tourist Attraction”. I hope it is not advertised as such; if so, kindly delete.

A group of us enjoy a regular get-together at World’s View, at times bringing along friends from other areas to appreciate the spectacular view. In the past, facilities have not been 100% up to scratch, but they have been acceptable. On January 10, however, the most appalling sight awaited us.

Rubbish overflowing from dustbins (more need to be provided) attracted many flies.

Ladies’ toilets: only one in working order but disgustingly dirty (floor and bowl); the se­cond toilet — I am utterly and totally at a loss for words to describe the mess. Although there is no water to flush, it’s still in use.

Health inspectors are advised to personally check for themselves.

The men’s toilet is unfit for ladies’use.

In the past, we have seen a security guard around the picnic area. Perhaps we could be informed if this has been discontinued.

It’s now 2010 — here’s to hoping and hoping … bearing in mind the tourists arriving.

The Msunduzi Municipality failed to respond by the time of going to print.

 

Basil Kroeger writes: Well done on your efforts to shake up the municipality!

In Picture 1 (above), just visible past the encroaching bamboo, are the remains of a tree in Town Bush Road near the subway under the N3. The tree was blown over during a storm in November 2009, two months ago!

It fell across the sidewalk and partly into the road. A good Samaritan (clearly not the municipality) removed the part that was lying in the road, but the remainder has blocked the sidewalk ever since. As can be seen, it’s not a very wide road and most cars speed unchecked past this point. Of particular concern is that pedestrians must now walk in the road (some with their backs to the traffic) to skirt this mess. The municipality clearly doesn’t show much concern for the safety of its pedestrians. And I don’t believe that the councillor for this area has never driven past this spot either! A raspberry to both parties!

Picture 2 (left), taken in Neden Road, shows dried leaves and ivy encroaching a metre into the road! And buried under all this mess is the inlet to a stormwater drain! The situation is not dissimilar on the other side of the road, also with a buried stormwater inlet.

Both these areas need urgent attention from the municipality.

The Msunduzi Municipality failed to respond by the time of going to print.

W. MAPHUMULO says: I would like to thank the municipality for sending tractors to cut the overgrown grass near where I live.

A LOCAL resident says: Our ward councillor, Manilal Inderjit, is doing a good job for the people. He’s been hands-on with the grass cutting and every time we have a problem, he sorts it out. I’m a pensioner and can’t afford to hire people to cut overgrown grass, so thank you.

YOU can e-mail your pictures, stories, letters and suggestions for the municipality to nelly@witness.co.za or citywatch@witness.co.za.

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