Greytown, clean streets, but …

2016-04-06 06:00

Sir, I HAD the pleasure of visiting my family in Greytown over the Easter weekend and as I used to live in the town I was really looking forward to seeing it again after 10 years.

My family only recently moved to Greytown and I envy them being able to raise their youngsters in an unpolluted relaxed environment with a choice of some exceptional schools. I found the streets and pavements on the whole remarkably well cared for and there certainly was a constant flow of shoppers throughout.

However, there were a couple of surprising things that marred the overall good impression. I saw many a vehicle being driven by one armed drivers with cellphones stuck to an ear as they sailed through stop streets totally unaware.

In the city I live in that is a very serious offence - perhaps the powers that be in Greytown are too busy themselves on the phones to take action before there is another serious accident through lack of attention.

On Saturday morning I met some old friends who farm in the district and who had given up their usual Thursday trip to town to meet up with me and change their library books on the Saturday instead.

They were fuming when they found the library closed with a note on the door. So we asked around and were told that as the Greytown Gazette had not published any details about municipal openings and closings, etc., which I remember noting in the paper in those far off days when I lived here, residents and visitors were in the dark about this.

On chatting to residents at church and when visiting I was disappointed to be told, that although the image of the town was good, the image of the municipality was not. Hopefully the upcoming local government elections will bring about an official change of attitude which will put the residents in front of the officials’ salaries at the end of the month.

Jozi resident, with dirty streets

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