Drop-off facility plans gain pace

2018-10-09 06:00

Residents of ward 66 will have the chance to give their input into a new waste drop-off facility in the area.

Councillor William Akim says that the project, which started in the 2010/2011 financial year, has been earmarked for construction near Prince George Drive, behind Fairmount High School.

“The drop-off facility came around in 2010/2011. There was a major problem where the processes were not followed properly. Public participation never took place regarding the drop-off facility at Prince George Drive. The one meeting that they had was in Pelican Park. None of the people who reside within ward 66 were invited to that meeting,” says Akim.

He says subsequent meetings in 2015 and earlier this year saw better progress.

“The project managers then arranged to visit the other drop-off facilities in Wynberg and Retreat with some of those residents, to give them an overview of how their drop-off facility will look like and how they operate,” he says.

The project has now been given priority status for the new financial year, where the allocated budget was spent on consultation fees and for the rezoning of the land.

“All the plans were available at the time at that meeting where people could see how it is going to look, when it is going to start and the job opportunities which will be created, as well as the benefit of stopping the illegal dumping of building and garden rubble,” explains Akim.

The facility will serve as a recycling hub where residents who are interested in using waste to create an income through recycling can make use of the facility instead of scavenging around residential areas.

“Their concern was the chipper which is going to make a noise, but then they decided to exclude the chipper from that facility. At our next subcouncil meeting in this month, we will have more information and the official attached to this project will give us a date on which they will start,” he says.

The recent upgrade to the drop-off facility in Retreat has given residents hope that their facility will be similar, if not more modern, but Akim cannot pinpoint a timeframe in which construction will start or finish­.

“If we are looking at it now, the first engagement with this project started in 2011 – that is seven years. So it could most probably only happen in the next five years. I’m just glad that we will decrease some of our illegal dumping which is taking place in our ward, which is a positive. It will also give some job opportunities for the unemployed as well as to those who are recycling. That is also part of keeping the environmental side of it in our ward clean.”

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