Appeal for pedestrian walkway

2020-01-28 06:01
The pathway from Glencairn Kwik Spar to the beach is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.PHOTOS: Racine Edwardes

The pathway from Glencairn Kwik Spar to the beach is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.PHOTOS: Racine Edwardes

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For years, Glencairn residents have struggled to make the journey from the local Spar to the beach due to the absence of an adequate pathway.

Glencairn resident Pamela Gush is appealing to the council to create a route suitable for runners, walkers, parents with strollers and beachgoers.

“There’s no pathway there,” Gush pointed out. “People can walk through the sand but parents can’t push their children in strollers through there. They have to walk on the road. It’s terribly dangerous.”

She added that many residents resort to walking on the road because the pathway is sandy, uneven and not ideal to use.

The main road, Glencairn Expressway, poses problems for pedestrians as it is busy and cars often speed to Glencairn or in the opposite direction towards Sun Valley.

Simon Liell-Cock, councillor for ward 61, agreed with Gush, saying it is a dangerous thoroughfare to the beach. “I walked through the area with Pam and she’s right. There is a path – it’s just not paved. There is no way that a stroller can be pushed through there.”

He added that there are, in fact, quite a few paths for residents to use to get to the beach but admitted they were all sandy and unpaved.

He suggested residents who feel strongly that a paved walkway should be built should make a trip to the subcouncil 19 offices in Fish Hoek and apply for a pedestrian walkway from the shopping centre.

Gush, who has since applied for the walkway, said that, as of yet, she has not received a response from the City.

Leill-Cock responded: “They’ll add it to their schedule and, depending on the priority, they’ll get to it. The municipal system says the City must provide services and then prioritise services. They also have to put it on the budget.”

Gush is still quite sceptical that the walkway will be built or budgeted for any time soon. “It’s all just excuses,” she said hopelessly.

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