Signs ‘hide’ heavenly sight

2017-05-09 06:01
Representatives of the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society have asked for the removal of road signs in front of the All Saints Anglican Church.

Representatives of the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society have asked for the removal of road signs in front of the All Saints Anglican Church.

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Muizenberg residents are calling for the removal of road signs obstructing the view of one of Main Road’s historical sights.

In a recent letter to Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, representatives of the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society requested a large traffic sign and indicator sign obscuring All Saints Anglican Church be removed.

“The community in Muizenberg continues to be perturbed and upset by the large traffic sign and the indicator sign to a non-existent information office which obscures one of Muizenberg’s gems,” explains society chairperson Glenn Babb.

In the letter, Babb states that Herron and officials are aware of the “obscene monstrosities” because “many community members, the church leaders themselves and the public” had complained.

He adds that the department has “stubbornly continued to maintain that the signs are important traffic warnings and indicators”.

He also claims Herron has personally responded to some community members “refusing to consider other options which would of necessity include the removal of this obstruction”.

At a recent board meeting of the society, it was decided to approach Herron with an appeal to take the public views into consideration and seek alternative sites and sizes of signs.

“The society is doing its utmost to inject new pride in the history and heritage of Muizenberg and we have found that the council is overriding the opinions and desires of the community affected by thoughtless placing of the signs when all sorts of alternatives are available. This sort of arrogant obstinacy does not go down well with our members and the community as a whole,” says Babb.

People’s Post asked officials of the City of Cape Town to comment on the number of complaints received about the sign, whether the signs would be removed and to respond to the concerns raised by the society.

Herron responds: “The City would like to engage with Babb before we provide comment to the media. The engagement would be around the alternatives that he believes are available to us.”

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