Organisation revived

2016-06-07 06:00
Fairways residents are happy to hear that a well-known criminal was apprehended with stolen items in Grassy Park. The Fairways community have also revived the civic association which was defunct for a few years.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

Fairways residents are happy to hear that a well-known criminal was apprehended with stolen items in Grassy Park. The Fairways community have also revived the civic association which was defunct for a few years. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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A civic organisation will finally function in Fairways again after the structure became defunct a few years ago.

At a recent meeting held at Hyde Park Primary, on Thursday 2 June, residents who are also at their wits’ end with crime and civic issues in their area volunteered to serve on the organisation.

The meeting, which was held as a follow up to a crime meeting held at the Trim Park (“Fairways cries foul”, People’s Post, Tuesday 24 May), addressed issues such as criminal activity in the area, alternative use of space under the 10th Avenue bridge and feedback from ward councillor Monty Oliver.

“Since our last meeting I have spoken to Law Enforcement and the solid waste department. They have come out to the area to clean it up. However, the vagrants around there do not want to move. (The issue is) addressed the one day but the next day they just come back,” Oliver says.

He explains the issue is a social problem and says he received suggestions from residents for alternative uses of the space under the bridge. “I have heard about ideas for this space but a park would just not be practical, especially because it is out of sight. However, I would like people to continue suggesting alternative uses for this space and I will engage with them and we can take it further from there,” Oliver says.

However, Fairways Neighbourhood Watch member Paul Thomas says they have already submitted “lucrative” alternatives as well as plans for the area “years ago”.

“We have all that communication but I will resubmit these to the councillor. We need to work on a plan for that area to make it safer again for residents and commuters,” Thomas says.

Residents were also exceptionally pleased and rejoiced when police gave reports that a well-known criminal in the area was apprehended after he was found with stolen items. Grassy Park police officer Constable Winston van Schalkwyk, who attended the meeting, confirmed the suspect was caught. “We are aware of robberies in the area but we can assure regular patrols are being done. We encourage residents to come to us with information so we can follow it up and apprehend these suspects. We are also working on an operation that will soon take place in the area,” Van Schalkwyk confirmed.

Mayco member for Safety and Security JP Smith also attended the meeting and lauded the neighbourhood watch for their efforts to curb crime.

“For a criminal the single ‘afskrik middel’ that wards against crime and criminal activity is not an alarm or dogs or high gates at a home. The one thing that scares them off most is the neighbourhood watch and it should remain that way. We thank our neighbourhood watches for what they are doing in our areas,” he says.

Smith adds that all issues that relate to Law Enforcement and safety and security were noted and he would liaise with feedback to the neighbourhood watch.

V If you would like to join the Fairways Civic Association, email your details to fnwsec00@gmail.com

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