New streetlights for Lorraine residents

2018-02-14 06:00
Resident Merle van Eck and Ward 8 Councillor Gustav Rautenbach.     Photo:ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Resident Merle van Eck and Ward 8 Councillor Gustav Rautenbach. Photo:ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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A TEN-YEAR-LONG struggle to have streetlights erected in an area of Lorraine, which has been engulfed in darkness, has finally paid off.

A total of 20 new streetlights were erected in Mirecourt Avenue, Chalons Avenue and Sedan Street in Lorraine recently.

Ward 8 Councillor Gustav Rautenbach was the driving force behind having these streetlights erected and said he was happy that residents would now feel safer.

“Darkness is a criminal’s best friend.

“By providing lighting, we are showing the community that their safety is a priority to us,” Rautenbach said.

“The PE Riding Club is also situated in this area and the streetlights will be a great benefit to the club members as well as the visitors to their events.”

A few years ago, Rautenbach also championed a movement in the area to have the stretch of gravel road opposite the PE Riding Club tarred.

Lorraine resident Merle van Eck helped to drive the request for streetlights to be erected in Mirecourt Avenue, along with Rautenbach.

“Our complex is situated right next to a bushy area and having no lighting at night made us very vulnerable to criminal elements.

“It took some time, but we are happy that we now have streetlights,” Van Eck said.

Rautenbach emphasised that erecting streetlights and tarring roads were processes that take time.

“Once again, this is an example of how things don’t happen overnight, but with enough driving force behind a project, one can achieve one’s goal,” said Rautenbach.

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