Residents to save Clark Road park

2013-11-21 00:00

RESIDENTS and business people are willing to dip into their pockets and sacrifice their time to reclaim a public park on Clark Road, Glenwood.

In a meeting held by residents at the park yesterday afternoon, business people and residents resolved to send a proposal to the municipality to get them to fence the park. Residents claim that the park is a rendezvous for sex workers and drug abuse is rife.

Martin McHale, a member of Umbilo Business Forum, said they were fed-up with the state the park was in.

“The municipality doesn’t seem to understand how this affects residents and business at large. We are saying they must allow us to fence off the park to restrict access, and we will maintain it. That will also decrease the crime rate and vagrants, and those who use the park for drugs and prostitution,” said McHale.

Residents raised their concern about the municipality’s reluctance to fence the area, citing by-laws in support of their cause.

Zaahira Griffiths, a resident, said: “The problem is that municipal officials don’t reside in this area. There are prostitutes in the park, and a brothel nearby. This is a recipe for disaster.”

She said the municipality should appreciate the fact that community members are willing to give their time and spend from their pockets to keep the park safe for everyone, including children.

“In the municipal by-laws there is nothing that says public parks can be used for prostitution. Why then are they not getting rid of prostitutes in the park? Our children will grow up exposed to this sort of behaviour, which could in turn destroys their lives and future,” she said.

Ward 33 councillor Nicole Graham said community leaders will draft a proposal detailing how they plan to maintain the park, and table it to the municipality.

Head of eThekwini Parks and Recreation Thembinkosi Ngcobo said people are welcome to come up with proposals to improve their environment. He encouraged the residents to put their proposal on the table.

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