The messiest street

2015-08-25 06:02
Church Road is lowering the tone of the Muizenberg Improvement District due cleaning challenges.

Church Road is lowering the tone of the Muizenberg Improvement District due cleaning challenges.

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Which is the messiest street in Muizenberg?

It may be Church Road, based on reports by the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID).

According to the latest cleaning ­report, Church Road is the most challenging road to maintain and continues to lower the tone of the improvement district, says MID Security Director Aloy Gowne.

NCC is contracted to provide public spaces within the improvement district with top-up services additional to those provided by the municipality. Their work includes litter management, street sweeping, graffiti management, drain cleaning, maintenance of green areas and reporting of environmental threats to public health and safety.

“Despite their evident commitment to the job at hand, NCC wages an unrelenting battle against illegal dumping, overflowing bins, suspicious loitering and bin pickers which exacerbate the mayhem and mess in Church Road,” Gowne says.

Over the years the MID has achieved success by working with council officials to clean up bad buildings in Church Road where tenant overcrowding, property neglect and criminal activity was rife, Gowne explains. “Yet despite this concerted effort, resident and owner apathy remains a major obstacle. The majority of bins in Church Road are missing their lids or are broken. Illegal dumping continues at a transformer which is not properly enclosed despite MID repeatedly bringing this to the attention of the responsible official,” he says.

These services are provided under the belief that a cleaner neighbourhood is a safer neighbourhood, Gowne says. “Community safety also means reducing grime and anti-social behaviour which impact resident’s quality of life and their right to live without constant fear of crime.”

Gowne explains there are simple ways for residents to become involved. “The MID encourages residents to work together to uplift run down areas in the district. The bin issues, for example, can be simply resolved. To apply for a replacement bin, a resident needs to report the theft of the bin to the police. Once they have a case number they can contact the City’s Call Centre on 0860 103 089 or e-mail with the details and within five days a new bin will be delivered to them,” he says

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