Student accommodation problem in Scottsville

2017-07-12 06:01

SCOTTSVILLE residents gathered on Thursday evening at Scottsville Primary School to discuss their concerns about the new development - that of building students’ accommodation in Carbis and Golf roads.

Wynand Fourie, director of Replublica Student Living in the developers team, said this new development is meant to accommodate about 508 students and will be fully managed.

“This place will be monitored 24 hours [a day].

“There will be security guards taking shifts. Visitors will also be monitored­ and a strictly no alcohol [rule will apply],” he said.

He assured taxpayers and guests at the meeting that they will make sure the building is continually under supervision without residents being disturbed by noise or anything.

Although Fourie assured the 24-hour supervision of the students, some residents are not happy with the new development saying University of KwaZulu-Natal students are already a problem and will get worse.

“Students are very noisy. They come back at night throwing bottles and glasses on the road. This is going to get worse with this new development,” said a resident.

Residents they already have a problem with the students walking at night and throwing empties everywhere, and they [residents] have to pick them up.

Scottsville Taxpayers’ chairman Dr Peter Green , confirmed that students’ accommodation is a problem and people have seen the opportunity to make money.

“People living outside Scottsville have bought houses and without permission they have turned those houses into student accommodation.

“They put about 12 to 16 students in a three-bedroom house.

“That accommodation is not right for studying.

“In some streets 50% of the houses are occupied by the students and that is worrying and upsetting for the people who live there,” he said.

He said this is not a way of saying “get out of our sight” to students, but they want to make sure that a proper educational environment is established.

“This will draw students together in a properly managed environment.”

He also revealed that this new development hasn’t been approved by the municipality, it just out for the public opinion.

Scottsville ward councillor Vic Winterbach­ said he thinks this development is going to be great in Scottsville as student accommodation is the problem.

“We have a problem with student accommodation.

“The university has about 12 000 students, but the accommodation is not enough.

“I think this is going to be a good thing for the community of Scottsville, but it must have rules.”

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