‘Clean up our streets’

2017-08-01 06:01
A neglected area along Coronation Road in Maitland has become a dumping site.         PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

A neglected area along Coronation Road in Maitland has become a dumping site. PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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Residents of Lawrence Street, Maitland want sustainable solutions to the problem of illegal dumping taking place on their doorstep.

They say people sneak into the street and dump their garbage which lies there for days without being cleared. They say the problem has been going on for months and the City of Cape Town is failing to meet them half way.

They want the City to introduce strict rules against illegal dumping and to consider security options.

Ebrahim Mathews says the street is becoming a disgrace, with papers flying into their houses and litter posing a risk of blocking drains. He says the dumped litter clogs drains and he has been forced to pay, out of his own pocket, for people to keep a drain close to his house clean. “We would like this street to be cleaned regularly. We have a problem of people dumping their stuff here, making the place look disgusting. We have tried to get help from our councillor but we never got a response until the service expo. The problem still continues and we cannot keep up with it,” Mathews says.

Another resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, says she has lost hope of ever seeing the street clean again. She says the situation is getting worse and it is not just Lawrence Street but many places around Maitland. She says cars are sometimes seen during the evenings offloading garbage and then driving away.

“They usually do this in a hurry, making it difficult to get a car registration or recognise the occupants.”

In Coronation Road an abandoned property has turned into a dumping site. Litter – from papers, plastics and bottles to old pieces of furniture – are found at this place.

Ward councillor Helen Jacobs says she is aware of the problem and the City is working on finding solutions. She says there are municipal bags and bins that people can use for their garbage.

Jacobs also says the City collects litter in communities on a regular basis but it is difficult to successfully keep every street clean when there are people who still ignore the municipal bylaws.V See more pictures on page 2.

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