Old building a commuter eyesore

2015-09-08 06:00
A problem building close to Maitland station has become a hotspot for dumping, which is not sitting well with commuters.


A problem building close to Maitland station has become a hotspot for dumping, which is not sitting well with commuters. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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An old dilapidated building at the curve of Ferndale Drive close to Maitland station has become an eyesore to train commuters because of the dirt that is piling up.

The building has not been in use for years and it has become a dumping zone for vendors. It has also apparently become a den of all sorts of illegal activities, like selling and smoking of drugs, prostitution and vagrancy, as the building is unmonitored.

Matthew Smit, who uses the train daily, says something has to be done because it’s embarrassing seeing the station area deteriorate in such a manner.

“I walk past this dump every day and it has a bad impact on the station. A lot of people pass through it and it doesn’t look neat. It has to be cleaned up and because of the things that are dumped there are a lot of flies. It doesn’t look good at all. Worse is, there are vendors right in front of it so it doesn’t portray a good image,” he says.

The concern is that it has become a health risk. The Maitland Central Improvement District (MaitCID) says they have been trying to extend their hand to Metrorail to work together in making sure that the building, which is believed to be owned by Prasa, is looked after.

Gene Lorentz, CEO of Geocentric and manager of MaitCID, says all they have received in return from Prasa is lip service.

“We have had nothing but unwillingness from Prasa since last year. Since July 2014 we have made numerous attempts to establish a working relationship with Prasa to come up with ways to help with that area which has become an eyesore, but all has been fruitless,” he says

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