Athlone: Public Works house ‘an eyesore’

2013-03-14 00:00

A HOUSE that allegedly belongs to the national Department of Public Works seems to have been long neglected and left run down.

Residents say the derelict property on Clifton Road in Athlone, Pietermaritzburg, is an eyesore.

It is poorly maintained with overgrown grass and rubbish in the yard.

Bruce Williams, the head of the community policing forum in Athlone, said the department ought to do something about the house.

“They should not just let the house stand like that; they should fix and give it to someone or a commander to use it, or sell it.”

Williams said the house was last used by a police officer, who maintained it, more than five years ago.

“After the police officer left, the place was left to go to ruin.

“We searched and found that the place is owned by Public Works and we contacted them. Initially they were prompt about it and came and cleaned the place and put a guard there.

“This house is located in a prime spot and is visible to everyone … some of the people have started to complain about it.

“It’s an eyesore, I have personally gone there and cleaned the place twice,” said Williams.

“They should just sell it than let it stand like this.”

Provincial Public Works spokesperson Mbulelo Baloyi said he visited the house yesterday and found it to be in a bad condition.

However, he added, it was owned by the national Public Works Department.

“We have checked and it is not in our property portfolio in KZN …”

The national department was contacted and they said it would investigate the matter.


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