Locals run ’round border

2017-07-25 06:01

Residents of Southfield Road in Plumstead say they are finding it difficult to report municipal matters due to ward boundaries.

The residents say it has been a nightmare to report potholes and get trees cut and leaking taps fixed, among other issues.

They have at least three ward councillors in their suburb with each having a portion they have to manage.

Monty Oliver is the councillor for ward 68, which covers Plumstead west of Prince George Drive, south of South Road, east of the railway line and north of Southfield, Ophir, Basil, Chudleigh and Dragoon roads.

Ward 73 falls under councillor Carol Bew, whose section of Plumstead is west of the railway line and Prince George Drive, south of Dragoon, Main, Gabriel, Wicklow and Door­drift roads, east of St Joans, Burnham and Boundary roads and north of Old Kendal and Main roads.

Ward 62, with Elizabeth Brunnett as the ward councillor, lies east of Norman Henshilwood High School and the Rushmere complex and north of Doordrift, Wicklow, Gabriel, Main and Southfield roads.

Residents are reportedly stuck with trees in their roads not being cut and it has been a nightmare for them to report.

“Residents have been asking for a long time for trees to be cut or trimmed. They are reducing visibility and damaging cars in the road. It’s like our calls are falling on deaf ears; no-one comes out to help us.

“At the Plumstead bridge it says the maximum height is 10m, but on other parts the trees are lower, posing a risk to the residents. I was outside when the truck drove into the branch hanging on the road,” says Ursula Schenker, a resident and chairperson of the Associated Seniors’ Club.

Schenker believes the demarcations are making it difficult for everyone.

“Now we are sitting with trees hanging so low in the road and big trucks can’t drive. We don’t know where to report it. Most of the councillors are missing in action. We have elderly people here and most of them are technologically disadvantaged but they are still expected to send emails to report things in the ward to the ward councillors,” she says.

“Our aim as community activists is to help senior citizens in the community with all issues pertaining to their wellbeing.”

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