Civic centre made more secure

2015-11-03 06:00
Part of the new fence is made up of palisade fencing to ensure the facility is visible from the road.

Part of the new fence is made up of palisade fencing to ensure the facility is visible from the road.

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The fence around the Retreat civic centre had been replaced, making the council-owned property more secure.

A new sliding gate has also been installed at the main entrance.

The fence was erected last week after it was found that the old gate had been vandalised over a period of time and needed to be replaced.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate says the old fence was being stolen piece by piece and left the centre at risk of being broken into.

“The centre has been broken into several times, although there was security. It was important that a new fence be erected to secure the premises in an effort to deter criminal activity,” he says.

He further says there were also many complaints from residents or the public who hired the facility.

“Those hiring the facility felt vulnerable when they were on the premises as there were people wandering on the property when they were hosting functions. They did not feel comfortable with the broken fence,” he says.

Southgate has also requested that additional trees be planted at the centre to beautify the space and to uplift the area.

He has also sent a request to the City that a garden be established in which indigenous plants and flowers are planted.

“There is someone doing the maintenance of the property employed by the City who will be able to assist with the garden, but if anyone is interested in assisting with the establishment of a garden they are more than welcome to do so,” he says.

Southgate says it would be great if residents got involved in keeping the space clean and helping to uplift the community and space. The facility is available for anyone to use, but it is important that people take responsibility too.

“Join your voice to mine and let’s transform the area into an attractive space for our communities,” he urges.

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