Closed lane’s fence destroyed again

2015-07-14 06:00
A recently closed lane in Nile Way has been vandalised for the second time. Following ten years of discussions the lane was closed for the second time at the end of June. 

Eddie Andrews

A recently closed lane in Nile Way has been vandalised for the second time. Following ten years of discussions the lane was closed for the second time at the end of June. PHOTO: Eddie Andrews

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Less than a week after a lane in Portlands was closed, perpetrators deemed it fit to destroy the closure.

The lane next to the Church of Nazerene in Nile Way was sealed off at the end of June after consultation with residents.

Ward councillor Eddie Andrews says the wall was vandalised between noon and 18:00 on Sunday last week.

“When these acts occur it gives the impression the perpetrators blatantly ignore the financial implications. Money that should have been allocated elsewhere must now again fund the lane closure. At this stage a meeting with stakeholders will be convened,” says Andrews.

The culprits had broken down the vibracrete wall that was used to seal off the lane.

As the vibracrete was not the strongest measure, Andrews says they will also discuss the possibility of using alternatives.

“There are alternatives and the bricks and cement option can also be considered,” he says.

This is the second incident of this nature at this lane, comments Andrews.

“At this stage the suspected reason could not be determined without first further consulting the community. However, it has to be stated that the lane was closed at the back end of a decade-long conversation to have the problematic lanes closed. In light of this the council has embarked on the pilot project to close identified lanes based on the safety concerns of the community,” he says.

He says that the vandalism is a criminal offence and a criminal case will be opened at the police station.


Andrews urges residents with relevant information to contact him on 082 377 1414 or or call 021 444 8699

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