LETTER: Give ratepayers some respect

2017-01-31 06:01

Many thanks for an excellent edition last week, especially your leader column (“You can’t drink a green lawn”, People’s Post, 24 January) and (most of) the letters.

“Irate Ratepayer” has got it right – the Council deserves a kick in the backside for their arrogant attitude towards us. Our elected representatives seem to believe we residents are the only ones at fault.

Here’s a few thoughts:

1. Having reduced our home water consumption by 50% from two summers ago, I find it extremely irritating the council cannot prosecute those that haven’t. The data is there via rates invoices, so why isn’t something happening? Or is there a political reason for not doing so?

2. Why is there so little effect of our efforts on the weekly dam level figures? It suggests there are far bigger misusers than us poor souls desperately trying to save our already dying gardens – why aren’t the former prosecuted, including the City?

3. On bush fires, Brett Heron telling residents to trim alien vegetation in their gardens is an insult. Has he not heard Professor Eugene Moll blaming the City for not doing their job in removing this vegetation from the open areas and thereby reducing the damage, fear and pollution we all suffer from the resulting fires?

4. On your Ou Kaapse Weg roadworks article, the ridiculous timeline of two-and-a-half years is another kick in the teeth for the ratepayers of the Deep South who have battled so long with traffic congestion around the Long Beach Mall area. Like the 10-year Kalk Bay pipeworks ‘project’, no consideration seems to have ever been given by the council to the economic costs the communities suffer thanks to the related traffic delays over an extended period.

Frankly, the City, and particularly our local councillors, should be ashamed of the way they have treated the people that actually pay their salaries. Maybe it’s time for a rates boycott?

Dave Stephens Fish Hoek

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