Safety signs at site soon

2016-02-16 06:00

Signage to improve pedestrian safety around a construction site in Gardens is on the cards.

This after permission was granted for the contractor to store bricks on the pavement in front of the development.

The building – between Buitenkant, Mill and Maynard streets – will feature a ground floor of shops topped by a five to six storey block of “upmarket” flats, Stephen Wormald, Baker Street Properties’ letting agent, previously told People’s Post (“Development revs engines”, 14 November 2013).

Local residents recently voiced their concern about the pavement, worried that the storage would impact on pedestrian safety and may damage the pavement.

The City of Cape Town approved a “hoarding application” on 17 September last year so that the sidewalk can be used to load and offload materials until the end of August this year, explains Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning.

“The contractor will be moving the fence up to the sidewalk soon. Furthermore, signage will need to be erected to divert pedestrians across Maynard Street to use the sidewalk opposite the site, to ensure their safety from the building activities,” he says.

The City’s Planning and Building Development Management Department conducted a site visit last Wednesday, at which time only two pallets of bricks were still on site. They are going to be removed soon, Van der Merwe says.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport, says during this site visit the contractor was advised to install sign­age.

“The signage will advise pedestrians to make use of the sidewalk on the opposite side,” he reiterates.

“The bricks are currently being moved onto the building site and the fence will be moved onto the kerb line.”

In addition, “a fee has been imposed on the applicant”against possible damages to the footway and sidewalk, Herron says.

The developer will be liable for any damages to the pavement, he adds.

Developer Ken Mobi says the contractors’s safety officers on site are attending to the safety of pedestrians and that all regular safety standards are being observed.

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