Fence is a step to park

2015-12-01 06:00
The field running between Cox Crescent, Armstrong Crescent and Peddie Avenue in Mountview will soon be fenced off after residents called for it due to crime.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

The field running between Cox Crescent, Armstrong Crescent and Peddie Avenue in Mountview will soon be fenced off after residents called for it due to crime. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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After two years of requesting a fence between Cox Crescent and Turfhall Road, Mountview residents have been happy to hear it will finally materialise.

The good news was announced at a meeting on Tuesday evening between residents, the Mountview Resident’s Association and the Mountview Neighbourhood Watch.

Ward councillor Magedien Davids, who also attended the meeting, said that R500 000 – of which R200 000 comes from the ward allocation budget – has been made available for the enclosure that will run along Turfhall Road.

People’s Post previously reported on residents’ frustration about the open field found on the corner of Cox Crescent and Belmore Avenue.

Rosdien Desai, chairperson of the Mountview Residents’ Association, said they were happy about the positive outcome.

“Prior to this meeting we met with the councillor who explained that he had taken the matter straight to the mayor, which would ensure the enclosure. We are happy Davids went the extra mile with our request,” Desai said.

Davids explained that the first phase of the development of the open space, which would eventually be a park, was set to be completed before the end of this year after receiving the go ahead from his association.

“We had requested for the development of the open space due to the amount of crime and criminals using the open space as a getaway avenue. We are really happy that this 43-year-old community will finally have a space where children can play,” Desai said.

He added that although the entire project would not be completed by the end of this year, “it is a step in the right direction”.

“At first we had nothing and it was a battle getting us this far, to at least have surety that a fence will be erected to ensure our residents’ safety. They finally heeded our request and it is way better than sitting with nothing,” Desai added.

Davids explained that the fence would be erected 2.5m from the road.

He further added the expenses for this fence came from the capital budget and the cost of the proposed park would come from the ward allocation budget.

Desai added that although there would be a new space for children to play, “residents must also be sure to take ownership of the new space”.

“This is truly an investment for our area,” Desai said.

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