Lane closure may be turned

2015-11-10 06:00

Residents in Parkwood are unhappy about a lane closure, but the matter has already gone through a public participation phase.

After complaints about crime in the Isaac Road lane, residents asked for the lane to be closed in the hope that crime would be reduced.

But after work started two weeks ago, some residents now say they do not want the lane to be closed.

Ward councillor Melanie Arendse says she submitted a motion to the subcouncil to have the lane closed. After going through the correct procedure, the closure was approved.

No objections

“We had given residents two months to respond with objections and none were received. Only now that the contractor came to the area to start work, people are objecting, saying they want the lane to remain open,” Arendse says.

She adds residents were informed of the public participation process via local media as well as door-to-door visits and leaflets.

Arendse says the lane has been troublesome for many years.

“For many years residents were complaining about dumping in that lane as well as crime-related issues. Gangsters have shot in this lane many times and people are beaten and robbed as well,” she says.


A resident who asked to remain anonymous says she is satisfied the lane is being closed. “I don’t know why people are objecting to the lane being closed. People are often robbed there and dumping is a constant issue. If it is closed down, residents who live around the lane will have a peaceful and living environment again,” she says.

The woman says she has not witnessed any crimes there, but has heard of many.

“It happens any time of the day. It’s terrible the way things go there. I have heard gunshots coming from that side, but can’t say if it was fired in the lane or not,” she says.

Arendse says after receiving the late objections a meeting will be held with the objectors to reach a solution.

“We received suggestions that a gate should be put up, which will be opened and closed at a certain time. But for this to happen people will have to appoint a street committee or neighbourhood watch to monitor the area. The follow-up meeting will be communicated in due course,” Arendse says.


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