Property being targeted by ‘old hotel’ vagrants

2017-03-09 11:56
RIGHT: A damaged boundary wall of the old Waterford Hotel exposed this large heap of demolished television parts and other electrical equipment laying in the hotel yard. Vagrants apparently occupy some of the old buildings in the hotel yard.

RIGHT: A damaged boundary wall of the old Waterford Hotel exposed this large heap of demolished television parts and other electrical equipment laying in the hotel yard. Vagrants apparently occupy some of the old buildings in the hotel yard.

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Residents from a house in Campher Street, Uitenhage are desperate as it seems that their property is being targeted by vagrants.

“First my drive yard gates disappeared. Then one morning the fence was gone. Then the copper pipes were removed and now it seems that this is the general watering well for vagrants,” said Rawleenie Rawlenson, owner of the property which is adjacent to a municipal play park in the central part of town.

Opposite the park is the backyard of the old Waterford Hotel of which the entrance is in Durban Street. Part of its backyard vibracrete wall has been vandalised and offers thoroughfare for vagrants living in back buildings of the hotel. The missing wall exposed large heaps of demolished television parts and other electrical equipment lying in the hotel yard.

According to Jackie Naudé, who also resides at the house in Campher Street, the vagrants apparently come from the old hotel.

“Children don’t come to the play park anymore as it has become dangerous and most of the play park equipment has been stripped or removed.

“Instead, suspicious people are hanging out here. At night cars park in the park and it is evident that it is for sexual activities. No maintenance is done at the park. It if it were not for the cattle which are brought here to graze, it would have been overgrown,” said Naudé.

He said they do not mind offering water to those who are thirsty. “But, it is getting out of hand with an increasing water bill due to the vagrants’ usage.”

“If that is not enough, vagrants last week vandalised the tap. Water was gushing from the pipe and I don’t want to know what the water bill will now look like.”

Ward Councillor Tyron Adams said he was aware of the situation at Rawlenson’s property.

“The play park has fallen into desuetude. I have requested for it to be fenced. There are procedures to follow and the fencing will not happen overnight, it will take time,” said Adams.

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