Playground plans for dump site

2016-02-24 06:00
Minnie Wagner (75), a resident, shows the illegal dumping site which is said to be turned into a playground for children. Photo:  MORNE DU RANDT

Minnie Wagner (75), a resident, shows the illegal dumping site which is said to be turned into a playground for children. Photo: MORNE DU RANDT

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MANY rats - which some believe are bigger than cats - will soon be driven out of the Kensington area with the construction of a playground.

According to residents, the empty plot on the corner of Mary Boyd and Byron Road, which has become an illegal dumping site since last year, is the reason for the rat infestion in the neighbourhood.

“I cannot sleep in my house, because there are rats that are bigger than cats,” Estelle Schovell said earlier.

The PE Express’s inquiries from the municipality about the situation and the maintenance of the area, has led a task force of the Department of Waste Management to investigate the problem.

Although Morné Wagner, a resident, claimed that the municipality has done nothing to remove the rubble, Mthubanzi Mniki, a municipal spokesperson, said a plan had been put in place to keep those people that dump illegally away for good.

According to Mniki, the “problem area” in Kensington gets cleared by municipal workers every two weeks.

“But I’ve seen the photographs taken by the workers. It seems a week after clearing it is almost worse than before cleaning. Rubbish is dumped here just too quickly,” Mniki said.

To counter illegal dumping, Mniki believes the municipality will turn the plot into a playground for children.

“To convert the site into something useful is the best way to prevent an illegal dumping ground.”

Wagner also believes the construction of a playground will keep the rubbish - and the rats - away for good.

“There are lots of small children who come into the street who will certainly enjoy the playground. I just hope the park will be well maintained, because once the grass grows long, it will again attract litterbugs and vermin,” Wagner said.

Mniki could not provide a time frame for the construction of the playground.

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