Helston Road field maintenance questioned

2018-03-07 06:02
Faizal Khan points at the uncut grass and dirt accumulating due to the lack of service.PHOTO: byrone athman

Faizal Khan points at the uncut grass and dirt accumulating due to the lack of service.PHOTO: byrone athman

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FRUSTRATED resident Faizal Khan (56) says he has had enough after living next to the Helston Road field that has been plagued by the municipality’s lack of service, resulting in all sorts of pollution.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Khan expressed his distaste for the lack of services the field had been receiving from the municipality, stating that the grass is never cut properly when they do attend the site and that this has led to multiple problems such as vagrants who often squat in the tall grass in order to urinate or defecate.

“They [municipality] comes once in a while with their big tractor. They cut a bit of the grass and then leave the edges of the field uncut,” said Khan.

He said the grass then overlaps onto the road because it doesn’t get cut.

“On many occasions I have seen them [vagrants] doing their toilet business. I shout at them from my house and they run away,” said Khan.

Once a playing field for the local youngsters, Khan said the swing sets and slides have all been stolen, leaving only a jungle bar, which Khan said will most likely be stolen soon enough just like the other items.

“It is so sad because other areas are so well kept and then our area is just left like this,” said Khan.

Having caught many people dumping in the act, Khan said that he recently forced a business owner and staff to pick up their dirt after seeing them dump from his business premises.

“People dump all the time but I cannot always keep tabs on this because I have work today throughout the day,” he said.

Khan said when municipal workers do come they work for half an hour and then relax for the rest of the day.

When asked what about the matter and what would be done, municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said now that they were aware of the problem it would be addressed accordingly.

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