Residents want it closed

2015-09-08 06:00
Residents gathered on the open space between Armstrong Road and Turfhall Road which they are requesting to have fenced due to safety and security reasons. 

Chevon Booysen

Residents gathered on the open space between Armstrong Road and Turfhall Road which they are requesting to have fenced due to safety and security reasons. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Mountview residents are demanding that a lane running from Belmore Avenue onto Armstrong Close be closed as their safety and security has been compromised.

Added to this, they are also calling for the fencing off of the open field on Armstrong Close stretching to Turfhall Road, which runs adjacent to the specific lane.

These concerns were raised at a meeting held on Thursday evening last week on the open piece of land together with ward 48 councillor Magedien Davids, the Mountview Civic Association and residents from the area. Mountview Civic Association chairperson Roesdien Desai says residents have been asking for the fencing off of the field “for years” already.

“We want a park in the area and we want fencing up to where the mosque is. This issue is something that Davids has inherited and he has been in office for eight years already. We have raised this issue numerous times and to date there has been no action,” Desai said.

“Residents are fed up of being kept hostage in their own homes. People are being robbed while walking through that lane,” Desai said.

They added that suspicious looking characters walk in the area using Armstrong Road and Cox Crescent and are using the open field as an escape route.

According to a resident, the most recent incident occurred on Friday last week just after 18:00.

“The girl was walking through the lane and guys went up to her and robbed her. People are robbed here at knife and gun point.

“Many times we even hear gun shots going off in this lane, these criminals are brazen,” residents said.

Davids confirmed the ward received R300 000 from ward allocations and this “won’t be sufficient for fencing off the field”.

“Residents have been asking for a park and they want the park fenced as well. However, this won’t be realistic as the money allocated will not stretch that far. I am willing to work with this community so their plight may be heard by authorities,” Davids said.

Residents who attended the meeting mandated Davids to come back to the community within seven days with feedback.
Davids further explains that the R300 000 from ward allocations was intended for a park on Cox Crescent.

Currently the community has no recreational amenities.

“At the moment we cannot fence off an area and have it standing like that until the next financial year where money must then be allocated for a park. Also, there was never a budget allocated for fencing as the Mayor and the City of Cape Town will not allow for gated communities as public movement in all areas must be accessible,” Davids explained.

“The previous councillors never ever dealt with [Mountview] sports and recreation amenities and I am working hard to provide amenities for the children of the area to enjoy,” he said.

“As the ward councillor I will work with the Civic Association to address the lane closure because this application was rejected by a full council of the previous regime during the 1990s”.

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