A NEW proposed access road through the nature reserve, initiated by the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Summerstrand, has some of its residents irate. This follows the proposal by NMU to build a new road to the university’s Summerstrand campus last year. Fuming residents from Gomery Place and Summerwood Park said that the sign to request public comments was not up to standard and public meetings were not attended as a result of this. A concerned Summerstrand resident said the advertisement was a small sign and requested comments via e-mail. “This was done to avoid the attendance of public meetings by residents in the evenings, clearly trying to push the idea through with little disruption from the residents. Also, they are ‘hiding behind’ a 1983 decision, when no complexes were built at the time,” he said.The proposed road is said to make way for a new entrance at Strandfontein Road, construct a new North-South Campus Link road, as well as re-configure the current North and South campus entrances to alleviate traffic on Admiralty Way and Gomery Avenue. According to NMU spokesperson, Zandile Mbabela, the construction of this road is part of the university’s urban design framework and has always been part of the institution’s long-term plan.“The road would address issues linked to access to, in particular the South Campus. “The route through the reserve is the preferred option, which is being considered to reduce traffic impact on the existing entrance from University Way. “In addition, it will also reduce the need to use Gomery Avenue by making use of Strandfontein Road,” Mbabela said. The new Strandfontein entrance and access road will be built using approved construction techniques and methods, all in accordance with SANS standards and related legislation.Mbabela said that required consultation was undertaken with interested and affected parties with regard to public comments.She added, “Expressions of support and objections were received from the public and dealt with accordingly. Representatives of the nature reserve, which is owned by the university, have been consulted and are supportive of the access road.”The costs for building the new road are yet to be determined.