Split about extension

2015-09-22 06:00

A 40 metre road extension has Fresnaye locals choosing sides as the City of Cape Town intends to upgrade of Avenue St. Bartholomew in Fresnaye.

A public participation process is currently running and the proposed upgrade has received mixed responses, says Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron.

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

“Construction is, however, complex due to the existence of rock on which adjacent structures are founded,” Herron says.

A sector of the community has approached the City with a request that Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, construct the missing section of St Bartholomew Avenue to facilitate greater access to the area, Herrons explains.

“It is understood that another sector of the community is opposed to the construction of the missing link 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.

Atlantic Seaboard Neighbourhood Watch chairperson Derek Salter says the participation process and upgrade were discussed at a recent monthly meeting.

“We felt it was up to residents in that particular area to decide what is most important for them. However, the general consensus was that reinstating the link would be beneficial. It would help provide better links to residents in the area and above for emergency vehicles such as the police, ambulance and the fire services. No one suggested that it might be detrimental to safety.”

Residents have been asked during the public participation process whether they would be willing to contribute to this upgrade, Herron adds.

“As the public participation process is still ongoing I cannot verify whether this is indeed the case.”

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