New fence vandalised

2016-05-03 06:00

Days after a fence was erected in Mountview, opportunistic criminals have already made off with parts of it.

The fence is a long-awaited request by Mountview residents and they say this is another reason to fear for their safety.

People’s Post previously reported on the requested fence (“Promised fence postponed”, 16 February; “Fence is a step to park”, 1 December) and after nearly a month’s delay, the fence has been erected.

Mayco member for community services and special projects Belinda Walker previously said the fencing was set to take place during March.

However, the fence was only erected as about two weeks ago.

Mountview Residents Association chairperson Rosdien Desai says they are not happy with the work that was done leading up to the fence being erected and expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of the fence.
“The councillor came out to the area a while ago thinking that the fence was already up but it was not even done yet. The contractor wasn’t there yet and this was probably miscommunication in council,” he says.

“We are not happy with the fence because it is too flimsy. The criminals have already raided poles here on Tuesday evening,” Desai says.

He says residents fear for their safety because they cannot risk approaching these criminals.

“By the time we had somebody alerted to the incident the guy was already walking over to Hanover Park side with the poles. We cannot risk stooping or apprehending these guys on our own, our safety is at risk and they could harm anybody,” Desai says.

He explains residents have called for the closure of the lane between Turfhall Road and Belmore Avenue so that the thoroughfare cannot be accessed.

“Our residents have no service for that thoroughfare and the fence that was now erected is too short. We want the entire lane to be closed because of criminals using it for their activities. Robberies in that thoroughfare is almost a daily occurrence and we cannot allow that to continue,” he says.

Desai say the Mountview residents are not ungrateful for the fence but want quality work to be executed in beefing up security in their area.

“Why should we be happy with the standard of service we are getting? Residents in Hanover Park have far better amenities than we have in Mountview and in Mountview there is nothing for our elderly and youth. We also want parks and amenities in our area to be proud of,” he says.

Desai says they are also very concerned for pupils in the area making their way to school.

“That thoroughfare allows criminals to get away because it’s difficult to get in there with a car. Our children and elderly get robbed in this lane and we want it closed down completely,” he says.

Ward councillor Magedien Davids said at a meeting in November a budget of R500 000 had been put aside for the fencing set to run along Turfhall Road after residents complained that their safety was being compromised. Davids was not available for comment at the time of going to print.

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