Fence ‘just what we’ve asked for’

2016-09-13 06:00
Ward councillor Joan Woodman, Ibtishaam Saal, Wagieda Ryland, Rahman Gordon and Muaawreyah Allie.  PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Ward councillor Joan Woodman, Ibtishaam Saal, Wagieda Ryland, Rahman Gordon and Muaawreyah Allie. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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A R200 000 fence has received mixed reviews from New Woodlands residents, but to a local residents’ association it is just what they have been asking for.

The Wolf Kible Residents’ Association has been requesting intervention from local council since October last year.

The call for a fence on the bigger section of Johannes Meintjies Park that faces the Wolf Kible Crescent has been fenced off and a gate will ensure access control after hours.

“This is all we wanted,” says Wagieda Ryland of the association. She and Hildigard Fritz were instrumental in getting the fence put up.

A second fence will enclose a smaller park in Wolf Kible Crescent.

Their call for the intervention came after several shootings, robberies and burglaries occurred in their street.

“Two weeks ago they shot a guy on the field and it was a case of wrongful identity,” says ward councillor Joan Woodman.

The fencing project was funded through ward allocations from the last financial year. The funding was allocated last year while the ward was still under councillor Michael Pietersen.

Woodman then ensured the project was completed.

“With the killing last year we decided to take a stand. We were very busy in the festive season where we started to patrol and really take a stand,” says Ryland.

The field was used as a thoroughfare for many years and the closure has also sparked concern among residents who will now no longer be able to use the existing path.

But Ryland says there will be a gate manned by two volunteers.

“The purpose of the gate is mainly to control access to the street at night,” she says.

Work began on Wednesday 7 September and the project on the bigger field has been completed.

“This is not for us. This is for the children so that they can grow up in a safer community,” says Ryland.

Woodman urges residents to take ownership of the park and ensure the gate stays intact.

“This place was filthy so we had some people clean it up and I spoke with them to encourage them to look after the park and really get it going,” says Woodman.

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