Issues tackled with door-to-door campaign

2015-05-05 06:00
Local resident Dot Metcalfe takes her dogs for a walk on the green belt in Liesbeek Parkway. 


Local resident Dot Metcalfe takes her dogs for a walk on the green belt in Liesbeek Parkway. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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In an effort to get more residents involved the Liesbeek Neighbourhood Watch will visit residents at home.

A door-to-door campaign will accommodate residents with busy lives and generate interest and participation, says Lianne Kroukamp, chairperson of the Watch. It will also be used to obtain residents’ information, including email addresses and cellphone numbers.

The main objectives of the watch are to try and create a safe and secure neighbourhood by creating community spirit and a neighbourhood in which residents get to know their neighbours.

Kroukamp says it was initially established to combat crime, but the present watch’s focus is not only on crime but also issues like drain covers that have disappeared and the general upkeep of the area.

“We also want to focus on attending to more serious matters, such as the parking problem residents are experiencing because of more corporate businesses operating in the area and the lack of sufficient parking provided at these office blocks,” she says.

Kroukamp says residents are quite ­enthusiastic and also very grateful for the work that the watch is doing.

“When I moved into the area in 2000 there was a very active watch, which unfortunately petered out in 2006. However, we have a very dynamic committee at the ­moment and I think we manage to achieve a lot,” she says.

The committee was able to have the green belt bordering Liesbeek Parkway fenced, making it more visible.

“By having the green fenced I think it makes it safer for children and their parents to enjoy playing, cycling and walking their dogs,” Kroukamp says.

She adds that attending to the general upkeep, such as replacing streetlights, ­enhances the safety of residents and the general appearance, “which adds to the value of the properties”.

Kroukamp says that teamwork between the residents and the Mowbray police station is vital.

“We also try to forge closer links with the relevant council departments, such as parks and solid waste, and we are involved in other organisations in our area which may have an impact on our neighbourhood, including Friends of the Rosebank and Mowbray Greenbelt,” she says.

The watch will hold its annual meeting at Alma Cafe on Alma Road on Tuesday 28 April at 18:30.

“We would like to raise the financial side of things at the annual meeting and discuss getting households to contribute a small amount annually,” she says.

Other issues will also be raised, including the parking problem. Residents will have an opportunity to respond to this issue.

“Suggestions for making the green more user-friendly will also be welcomed at the meeting and general issues that residents have will also be discussed,” says Kroukamp

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