‘We are drowning in dust’

2018-03-15 06:01
Tired of living in a dust bowl on a daily basis, residents of Immergroen Avenue in Paradise Beach now demand the Kouga Municipality to fix the dilapidated road and erect signs to curb speeding motorists.                                        Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

Tired of living in a dust bowl on a daily basis, residents of Immergroen Avenue in Paradise Beach now demand the Kouga Municipality to fix the dilapidated road and erect signs to curb speeding motorists. Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

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TIRED of living in a dust bowl, Paradise Beach residents are in an uproar about the condition of the road they live in and the excessive dust caused by speeding vehicles.

According to an irate Immergroen Avenue resident, every speeding vehicle that passes by on the dilapidated gravel piece of road that was once fully tarred and in good condition, creates a huge cloud of dust that blows to each house and collects on their porches, in their yards, on their cars, and lingers in the air.

She says, “I cannot even water my front garden, without drowning in dust. Washing of clothes takes careful planning. For one, you have to take into consideration in what direction the wind is blowing.

Over 300 vehicles and trucks use this road that joins up with the gravel road linking Paradise Beach and Humansdorp, on a daily basis.

“The dust that generates from all these cars is scary and has become uncontrollable. It starts from early morning and dies down late evening, only to start again in the morning.

“We have so many vulnerable residents that live here. The elderly, infirm and minors are all at risk. There are also many people who are suffering with upper respiratory infections and complications because of the dust that is being raised when the speedsters use his road,” she says.

“I don’t think the municipality fully understands the danger that this road poses. It is not just our health at risk, but our lives.”

Residents now demand that the road be fixed and signs erected to slow down speeding motorists.

“Johan Muller Boulevard in Paradise Beach has been tarred. We cannot understand why tarring has not yet commenced here in Immergroen Avenue,” says the resident.

Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor Freddy Campher says, “The roads in Paradise Beach were poorly built and then not maintained for years. As a result, they have deteriorated to the extent that resealing the roads doesn’t help; they actually need extensive rehabilitation.

“Due to other urgent work that needed to be prioritised, Immergroen could not be accommodated in the current financial year. It will, however, be considered for the new budget.

“We would, therefore, like to urge affected residents to participate in the budget and IDP public consultation meetings in April as these meetings will inform Council’s priority projects for the new financial year, starting July.

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