‘City doesn’t do enough for us’

2016-02-23 06:00
A recent walk about in Parkwood resulted in a meeting being called by the community organisation Voice of Parkwood with City of Cape Town officials to speak to the needs and challenges in the area.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

A recent walk about in Parkwood resulted in a meeting being called by the community organisation Voice of Parkwood with City of Cape Town officials to speak to the needs and challenges in the area. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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A meeting to discuss with authorities the challenges and concerns in Parkwood was held last Monday.

Arranged by the community organisation Voice of Parkwood (VOP), the meeting was said to be “fruitful”.

Paul Phillips, chairperson of VOP, says his organisation will continue engaging authorities on matters concerning Parkwood.

“On Monday last week we had a very successful meeting at the City of Cape Town offices where we met with officials to discuss our concerns and challenges.

“We need to do a lot more and have a hands-on approach when it comes to crime prevention,” Phillips says.

During a recent walk-about in the area, Phillips said the organisation and community members were serious about highlighting challenges in their area. They are demanding answers from officials, saying they “want officials to zone in on Parkwood and tackle issues that relate directly to us”.

During last week’s meeting, Phillips says, issues such as infrastructure, lack of housing, the waste drop-off facility issue and City rental properties being used for crime were discussed.

“We issued those present in the meeting a document listing all City rental stock being used for criminal activities,” he says.

Phillips says he was told the cases were being investigated “or nothing has come of the cases”.

“It’s ridiculous how people are allowed to continue with this behaviour and there are no consequences. Our community is suffering and to get answers like these is unacceptable.

“The City is jointly responsible for the torture in our community because they are not doing anything to get these people evicted,” Phillips stresses.

He says issues surrounding infrastructure, recreational facilities and housing were discussed, adding that the community suffers even more through the lack of such facilities.

“We feel that if we look at alternatives for our youth, we won’t have to compete with gangs anymore.

“We are calling for more recreational facilities in our area, as well as a proper library. The mobile library that currently comes once a week does not speak to the needs of our children,” Phillips says.

Suzette Little, Mayco member for social development and early childhood development, says it was agreed at the meeting that a workshop would be held in Parkwood.

“The meeting resolved that a workshop be hosted around development within the Parkwood area and to invite the relevant departments. The workshop date was to be arranged by the office of the mayor in consultation with VOP,” Little says.

She says the list of addresses where drugs had been found and antisocial behaviour was reported was handed to the human settlements directorate.

“This list was referred to the City’s human settlements directorate, with a directive to provide feedback within 10 days on any action undertaken to address this issue.

“We recommended that the community become actively involved in future plans for Parkwood.”

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