Trench wars: fill-in begins

2013-04-09 00:00

WORK on cleaning up the mess at Wylie Park, including covering open trenches, began yesterday.

This follows a meeting between ward councillor Dave Ryder and officials from the Msunduzi water section on Friday.

The park was left in a mess following excavations done months ago to repair the water pipeline that runs through the property.

Ryder said that the water section acknowledged that the site had been left in an unacceptable state and had undertaken to have two teams working on filling the trenches and getting the area levelled out.

“Old bits of piping will be

removed and a cover will be placed over an open manhole,” Ryder said.

Once the site had been levelled and the soil allowed to settle, the parks section would plant appropriate vegetation to hold the soil and beautify the area, he added.

Doug Morton, who lives on a property bordering the park, had complained about the open trenches that were causing his fence to collapse.

Ryder was told by the officials that the survey section would check on the positioning of the fences of the properties bordering the park.

This was to ensure that the fences followed the correct boundary line and had to be done before the municipality would accept any liability for damage to fences.

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