Residents and school meet

2015-05-05 06:00
Several suggestions on how to tackle the traffic problems in Sun Valley were made during a recent public meeting. 


Several suggestions on how to tackle the traffic problems in Sun Valley were made during a recent public meeting. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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The search for solutions for the traffic issues which plague Sun Valley got off to a positive start last week.

Residents gathered at Sun Valley Primary School to meet with deputy principal Debbie-Jane Viljoen to voice their concerns about the management of traffic around the school. Opening the meeting Viljoen explained the school’s management were concerned about the complaints from its neighbours and are looking for ways to tackle the various issues. From parking illegally to mounting verges, residents had several questions about the school’s plan.

In 2014 the school made a proposal for one-way streets to run anti-clockwise around the school to develop a drop-and-go system. This plan was given the thumbs down by the South Peninsula Subcouncil after an extensive public participation process which received several objections from residents. Viljoen explained the school was given forms to hand to parents as they were road users to also comment on the proposal.

“The forms did not allow for parents to indicate whether or not they lived in the area. So we created an additional form where parents could state this and this could be recorded,” she explained.

She added the school could not dictate to residents how they should travel but acknowledged there is a problem.

As part of her presentation, Viljoen showed a video and highlighted various offences by parents and the subsequent implications for residents.

In the question session, one resident who has been living in Sun Valley for 43 years, questioned the expansion of the school which now includes a pre-school and a high school. Other residents also questioned whether or not the school intended on expanding more. Viljoen said at this stage further expansion was not on the cards.

Questions around the possibility of the roads being widened were also raised but Viljoen said as the road reserve was managed by the City of Cape Town, the school did not have the right to extend current parking areas or widen roads.

Another resident questioned whether or not the school had considered building a drop-and-go facility at the sports field but Viljoen said field was needed for sport and other activities.

Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase was also present at the meeting and responded to questions about additional parking bays. She explained the creating of parking bays which required motorists to reverse in an area where children are present was dangerous. “The problem is you will drive over them before you see them.”

She said the volume of cars in Sun Valley had increased over the years and a suitable solution was needed to ensure the safety of children while respecting the rights of residents too. “There have been some good solutions and proposals here tonight and we will look into it. I want to remind residents who plant trees on verges or pavements that as this is not your land it’s not allowed. If we want additional embayments the problem is they have not been budgeted for and it will be hard to get the funds.”

Viljoen closed the meeting by asking whether residents would be keen on attending another meeting where the school’s board would be present and they agreed. “We have gained valuable feedback and look forward to keeping the lines of communication open on this matter,” she concluded.


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