Margate residents ‘take back town’

2016-02-11 06:00

A PUBLIC meeting was held at Margate Sands recently where residents voiced their concerns about last year’s holiday season and other matters which Margate currently faces.

Chaired by the ward councillor, George Henderson, the meeting revealed that only two of the eight CCTV cameras in the area are working, which is unacceptable.

The whale deck, which was vandalised again recently, was also discussed.

“The community want to know what the municipality is going to do about this as it is not the first time the facility has been vandalised,” said Henderson.

He added that the community suggested that motion- triggered cameras be placed in strategic places in order to catch the culprits.

Next on the agenda was the town’s cleanliness and Hibiscus Coast Municipality was commended for the superb job the cleaners did.

Residents also voiced their concern about public drinking, braaiing and loud music in some areas.

Henderson said these activities were against the by-laws, yet it happens every weekend, not only over the December season.

“Pubs and clubs stay open until the sun comes up and there is absolute lawlessness in this regard.”

It was agreed that HCM Protection Services need to improve their performance and visibility.

Robin Peterson, a local lawyer, asked protection services and SAPS to do their jobs.

“As a lawyer, if someone dies due to lawlessness, I will personally sue SAPS as it is their duty to serve and protect,” he said.

Residents also felt that beggars, prostitutes, street children and drug dealers need urgent attention.

The Margate Business Association asked that all law enforcement agencies join forces and deal with these issues.

HCM deputy mayor, Johnny de Wet, and Speaker, Ronnie Nair, said they will give feedback to officials who were not at the meeting.

De Wet said he would obtain feedback from the relevant departments.

The next meeting is scheduled for 29 February.

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