Promised fence postponed

2016-02-16 06:00
During a meeting held last year, Mountview residents demanded the closure of a field due to crime rate increasing. Ward councillor Magedien Davids (pictured with black blazer) committed to have the first phase rolled out in the area by December last year, yet this has not yet materialised.

During a meeting held last year, Mountview residents demanded the closure of a field due to crime rate increasing. Ward councillor Magedien Davids (pictured with black blazer) committed to have the first phase rolled out in the area by December last year, yet this has not yet materialised. (Chevon Booysen)

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The promised first phase of development of Cox Crescent park in Mountview, just off Turfhall Road, has not yet materialised.

People’s Post previously reported on phase one that was supposed to be completed before the end of last year (“Fence is a step to park”, 1 December 2015). But the field is still vacant and poses a safety threat to concerned residents.

Ward councillor Magedien Davids said at a meeting in November that 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.

Nieyaaz Gamieldien of the Mountview Residents’ Association says residents are even more frustrated now, as crime has picked up in the lanes again.

“But residents are not reporting these incidents to the police because they feel it is useless. We are very concerned and we have set up a meeting with the councillor to find out the progress on this issue,” he says.

Gamieldien says robberies have become a common occurrence in the lanes lately.

“We fear for the safety of our children and residents in the area. We cannot keep waiting for the fencing to materialise. We were told that money was set aside for the fencing but we are yet to see it and we want answers,” he says.

Davids says he is waiting on feedback from the City’s parks department. Furthermore, he says, only R200 000 was budgeted and approved for the Cox Crescent park.

“I am waiting for feedback from City parks as to when the installation of this facility will commence. Once I receive this feedback, I will provide a full report on this issue,” Davids says.

“The executives of the civic association and I are in discussion with regard to the way forward to address the fencing issue, but this is still a long way off, as there are too many factors at present,” he says.

Belinda Walker, Mayco member for community services and special projects, says work was only set to start after the festive season.

“It was said that work could commence after the holidays in the new financial year. A new wooden play structure has already been installed as part of the planned project. A fencing contractor will in all probability start in March,” Walker says.

She says the delay may be due to processes, including the request for quotations.

“[Such] processes take up to six weeks before a contractor can be appointed. This is not always due to the fault of anyone or delays for that matter, but the budget allocated will be completed in the current financial year,” she says.

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