Locals await word on street

2015-10-13 06:00

As the public has its say on an extension of Avenue St Bartholomew, some residents are hoping that disrupted access to their homes may be a thing of the past.

The majority of affected residents in Fresnaye are in favour of a proposed extension of the road, believes resident Andrew Canter.

In a sample of 20 homeowners, 90% were in favour of the extension, he says.

“Residents of Upper Fresnaye have access to our homes limited, subject to disruption, and sometimes blocked.

“In my own case, I was unable to get home to my infant son during last year’s fires on the mountain. And it’s not unusual for heavy construction equipment – or even just refuse trucks – to block Avenue St Bartholomew,” he says.

“It seems self-evident that the hundreds of residents affected by the road closure will speak with an overwhelmingly positive voice on this issue.”

The proposed upgrade will see the construction of a section of about 40 metres of road next to erf 1501, which would link up two existing sections of Avenue St. Bartholomew, connecting at Top Road.

Some community members approached the City with a request to construct the missing section of the street to facilitate greater access to the area, Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, explains.

However, other community members are opposed to it, because once this link is constructed it will facilitate easier access into the area and will have a negative impact on their personal safety, he says.

This public participation process closed last week.

In the meantime, the property is being leased to a resident who uses it as a driveway, Herron says.

“The lease was terminated but, given the differences of opinion within the community, it was agreed to extend the lease on a month-to-month basis pending a final decision, which will be informed by the public participation process.

“In addition, the property is only required when the construction is set to begin – which is not imminent.”

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