City to pave over islands in the street

2015-09-22 06:00
The view from one of the unpaved road islands on Cross Boulevard. The remaining raised islands on the road have been earmarked for further upgrading.

Earl haupt

The view from one of the unpaved road islands on Cross Boulevard. The remaining raised islands on the road have been earmarked for further upgrading. PHOTO: Earl haupt

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Cross Boulevard has been earmarked for further improvement after the City of Cape Town’s sub council 11 adopted a motion to have the remaining road islands in the street to be paved and have trees planted on them.

The move will see all road islands north of Springbok Street dug up and levelled before having trees planted on them and being paved or covered in asphalt.

Councillor for Ward 42, Suzette Little, explained that because of the proximity of the Athlone Stadium, further upgrading of the area was necessary.

“My request was for us to upgrade Cross Boulevard as Athlone Stadium is actually an international precinct; it is a sporting precinct with lots of activity. We have beautified the islands up until Springbok Street and then we have nothing. Yet, when people drive into the area, they look at the surroundings and there should have been a continued upgrade of that particular road.”

Despite the road having various upgrades in the last five years, Little cited in her request to the sub council that they have struggled to maintain the road in its current state, and that the solidifying of the natural road islands will cut down future maintenance costs thanks to the planting of trees to beautify the area.

She also said that the islands, in their current state, pose a health risk to the immediate community with seasonal winds gusting through the corridor.

“They (the unsolidified islands) also cause a problem with sand. If you look at the islands, you will find that the sand is very high on some islands, and so the constant blocking of drains is always an issue. The blowing around of sand is also a health hazard and if people are suffering from asthma, you will find that it is because of the sand (blowing around). I believe that our neighbourhood deserves that type of development to beautify our areas.”

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