Eyesore erf irks residents

2017-02-28 06:01
Residents in Surrey Estate are at their wit’s end about what to do about the open land between Kareedou Road and Venster Street, which has subsequently been used as a dumping ground.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Residents in Surrey Estate are at their wit’s end about what to do about the open land between Kareedou Road and Venster Street, which has subsequently been used as a dumping ground.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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Ebrahiem Wydeman hopes that a piece of land near to his home in Surrey Estate will find a use which will benefit the ­community.

The vacant property, found between Kareedou Road and Venster Street, has been fenced off, but it has not stopped people from using it as a dumping ground.

Wydeman says that he first approached his local subcouncil office in 2013 to address the issue, but to date has not yet found any answers.

“I spoke to the previous subcouncil four years ago to try and get them to sort out the problem of that land. Nobody worried about that piece of land until the guy who lives on the corner came to me one day and said that his backyard is connected to that land. He investigated and found (dead) cats and dogs, which created a stench, which people just dumped there. He also said that when he spoke about it to the neighbour, his neighbour said that there was a time years ago that they found a body on that piece of land,” says Wydeman.

He adds that he is re-addressing the issue with newly elected councillor to the area, Aslam Cassiem, after previously dealing with Junade Hoosain.

“We had two meetings in 2013. I suggested to them to get that piece of land developed as a recreational facility for the youth. They told me that they will get back to me. The next time we had a meeting, they brought in a guy from provincial government, from their planning department. He told us that the strip of land cannot be utilised for construction, because there is a sewerage line which runs directly under it,” says ­Wydeman.

Wydeman adds that the piece of land is an eyesore and more than that, a health hazard.

“It brings about flies, mosquitoes, rats and other health hazards so why don’t they put up a netball court for the children or volleyball on the other side of the land so that the children can play there?”

He also says that an agreement was reached with the City, provincial government and the residents that the land was going to be split in half between the properties who find themselves adjacent to the open land.

The understanding was that once the land was divided, that they can develop the land themselves, he says.

Cassiem confirms that he has spoken to Wydeman and that he is delving into the history of the matter.

“I have requested to look into who holds custodianship of the erf in order to hold the relevant department liable for the state it is in. I have also attempted to pick up from my predecessors documented proof of their progress regarding the erf. In this new term, different officials are running the subcouncils as well. Together with the office of the mayor, we have requested the second new sub council chairperson to check the records for any recorded history and progress regarding the leasing of the land to the abutting residents.”

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