Vagrants at taxi rank a blight on residents

2015-07-21 06:00
Homeless people are squatting at the taxi rank in 5th Avenue, Grassy Park. Residents complain that the group of street people are an “eyesore and nuisance”.

Homeless people are squatting at the taxi rank in 5th Avenue, Grassy Park. Residents complain that the group of street people are an “eyesore and nuisance”.

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An eyesore and nuisance to the community.

This is what a Fifth Avenue resident calls the vagrants who sleep at the Grassy Park taxi rank. The Grassy Park man, who requested to remain anonymous, says the street people have been causing continuous issues and he is “fed up”.

“They are a big group and sometimes you see small children there as well. It is a real eyesore when you travel down Fifth Avenue and this is what greets you,” he says.

Another resident, Grant February, says he has sympathy for the group of people as it is winter and they have no way of keeping warm “but it is getting out of hand now”.

“The first thing you see when you get to the hub of Grassy Park, which is on Fifth Avenue, are the vagrants. They harass motorists sometimes when parking near the library,” February says.

The two residents say they often hear profanities being slurred when some of the vagrants drink. “It’s not nice hearing that when you’re out with your family and maybe popping over to the shops or with your child to the library,” February adds.

Another resident, Nicole Jacobus, says she had an unsavoury experience when passing the taxi rank one Sunday evening.

“We were driving past the taxi rank when we just saw items being strewn back and forth. It was two vagrants throwing things at each other. What happens if they damaged someone’s car as they drove past?” Jacobus asks.

The homeless people, who now dwell at the taxi rank a few metres away from the Grassy Park civic centre, are the same group who vacated the premises just outside the Grassy Park police station.

“We need something to be done about this because you would not see this happening in areas such as Constantia. So why should we have to put up with it? We also want our area to look nice,” Jacobus says.

Grassy Park police were not available for comment by the time of going to print. V

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