Pensioners irate over maintenance

2016-01-28 06:00
Photo: darshan ranagai Residents of Pension Cottage seen in the Tongaat CBD.

Photo: darshan ranagai Residents of Pension Cottage seen in the Tongaat CBD.

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RESIDENTS from Pension Cottage in the Tongaat CBD have grown frustrated as they feel the 57 houses in the area have been neglected from maintenance and has become unsafe for the elderly living in the area.

Some of their concerns include broken gutters, broken doors, and grass grown almost to knee length, snakes and the access gate having no security lock due to theft.

Pensioner Mr R Singh said their biggest fear is the easy access for outsiders, especially at night when it becomes common for them to receive knocks on their doors which they believe are would-be robbers.

“We are afraid because they are hoping we open the door so they can rob us. We are only old pensioners living in the area and we are being seen as easy targets,” said Singh.
“We had a locked gate but every time we buy a lock it gets stolen. We welded a lock and they still stole it.”

Singh said residents are growing more irate because the area is becoming dilapidated and the gutters are falling, pipes are bursting and damaging their belongings and anything outside their house like the green bins are being stolen.

He said they are forced to dry their clothing in areas where the grass is overgrown and he has already killed two snakes in the last month.

“We don’t feel safe here and we can hardly sleep at night,” said Singh.
“We have complained about this to everyone but nothing has happened.”

Ward councillor Michael Abraham said he is looking into the concerns of the pensioners and the relevant departments have been contacted about fixing the problems experienced by the residents of Pension Cottage.

“Some of the issues will be sorted out shortly and I am meeting with the community again to find solutions to their concerns of safety,” said Abraham.
“I am also going to look at creating a second entrance to make the area easily accessible for emergency services.”

Abraham said attempts will be made to remedy all the issues faced by the residents in the coming weeks.

He urged residents to contact him with any municipal issues on 0726294384.

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