Rubble rocks locals

2015-07-07 06:00
Piles of rubble behind the Fish Hoek sports field come from, and are to be used in, the upgrade of Main Road.

Piles of rubble behind the Fish Hoek sports field come from, and are to be used in, the upgrade of Main Road.

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Piles of rubble on open ground behind the Fish Hoek sports field have residents worried about the integrity of the surrounding wetland.

Resident Leslie van Minnen believes the site has become a “municipal dump”, which could have lasting impact on the wetland and neighbouring Table Mountain National Park.

“The council needs to advise the ratepayers of the legality of this dump and just what their intention is with this ground. Besides the legal issue, this dump is expanding by the day and is an unsightly mess. The ground structure in this area is certainly not suitable for a dump and one must assume that the current polluted status of the stream between the dump and sports field is a direct result of this action,” he says.

But dumped rubble on the site is only a temporary arrangement, says Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport.

“The rubble on the site is being used for the upgrading of Main Road in the Southern Peninsula. The Main Road rehabilitation project is in its third phase and the old concrete viaduct structure at Clovelly is being demolished and a new solid retaining wall being constructed,” he explains.

Concrete rubble from this demolition, as well as soil generated by this project, is being stored at a stockpile site adjacent to the Fish Hoek transport and utility services maintenance depots, Herron says.

“This material will be removed from this stockpile location for use as backfill material behind this new retaining wall progressively over the next 18 months. The site is not secured but is under security monitoring from the depots,” he says.

Making use of the stockpile, means the council does not have to dump the material at a landfill site and then import fill to the site for the backfill when needed, both of which would have added to the financial burden and the City’s carbon footprint, Herron says.

However, Fish Hoek Valley Residents and Ratepayers’ chairperson Allen Rose-Innes says the organisation is concerned that more care has not been taken with the dumping of this rubble.


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