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2015-09-29 06:00
Several steps are being taken to ensure the Retreat drop-off facility  is ready for the influx of traffic after the Ladies Mile drop-off facility closes this week.

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astrid februarie

Several steps are being taken to ensure the Retreat drop-off facility is ready for the influx of traffic after the Ladies Mile drop-off facility closes this week. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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Several steps are being taken by the City council to ensure the Retreat drop-off facility in 10th Avenue is ready for the influx of traffic once the Ladies Mile drop-off facility closes this week.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate visited the site last week with two other Protea subcouncil members and two City of Cape Town officials.

“We met to establish what steps can be taken now to ensure the facility can accommodate the extra traffic,” he says.

One of the first things would be to address the road leading into the drop-off site.

“The road will be rehabilitated to ensure the road surface is up to standard, so as not to cause damage to any vehicles travelling in and out of the facility,” he says.

A request for speed humps has been included, to deter motorists from speeding in 10th Avenue.

“This road is extremely busy and there are trucks, bakkies, light motor vehicles and pedestrians using this road, so the safety of everyone on the road is being considered,” Southgate says.

In addition, the officials will also create a drive-through option, making it easier for people to drop their waste and leave the facility without having to sit in a long queue when leaving.

“We want it to run as smooth as possible without anyone getting in anyone else’s way. This would mean that there will be one entrance and one exit leading out the back of the facility,” he says.

Southgate adds that there are also plans in place for a chipping facility, but the facility will be closed on three sides of the structure to decrease noise and dust pollution.

“This facility will only be built sometime next year when the drop-off facility’s boundary is extended,” he says.

Several steps are being taken by the City council to ensure the Retreat drop-off facility in 10th Avenue is ready for the influx of traffic once the Ladies Mile drop-off facility closes this week.


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