Bridge ‘eyesore’ cleaned

2015-11-10 06:00
The rubbish pile that accumulated on the balcony of Club Royale was an “eyesore” to passing motorists and residents.

The rubbish pile that accumulated on the balcony of Club Royale was an “eyesore” to passing motorists and residents.

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A dumping site that greeted motorists as they crossed the Lansdowne bridge has been cleared.

This comes after the owner of Club Royale on Imam Haron Road received complaints and a notice.

Resident Noel Crowie says the site where rubbish accumulated was a real “eyesore”.

“When people drive over this bridge that is all they see. Surely they could have some other place to dispose of their rubbish,” Crowie says.

The dirt pile was situated at the top of the building premises on a balcony in full view of passing motorists and pedestrians.

He adds that the rubbish that accumulated over a period of time was a cause of concern for residents in the area.

“It poses a health risk and the complaint should be considered urgent. It contains pathogens and I have subsequently spoken to the owners of the building about the potential risk,” Crowie adds.

Further measures were also taken by the concerned resident, who forwarded his complaint to the City of Cape Town on behalf of the community of Lansdowne and Kenwyn and requested for the health department to take corrective action by ordering the removal of the waste.

Siyabulela Mamkeli, mayoral committee member for health, confirms a site visit was conducted after the City received the complaint.

“A City health official was at the site to investigate the complaint on 30 October. City health served a notice on the owner to have the rubbish cleared,” Mamkeli says.

A follow-up site visit was conducted on Wednesday last week and it was found that the owner had complied with the notice and cleared the area.

Mamkeli urges residents to report sites where illegal dumping is witnessed.

Residents must report illegal dumping to the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089.

“Illegal dumping is a major challenge for the City and while our teams do their best to clear these sites as frequently as resources allow, the only way in which it will ever be managed is if residents refrain from dumping waste illegally and assist us by reporting illegal dumping or providing tip-offs about the perpetrators.”

Crowie says he is relieved and happy that the site has since been cleared.

“We are very happy at the efficient service rendered by the health department and the practitioner. It restores our confidence as residents when it comes to service delivery within the community,” Crowie says. 

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