Fence planned for space

2017-10-24 06:01

For many years, the open space in Third Avenue, Bokmakierie has been a bone of contention in the community.

According to municipal records, former ward 49 councillor Suzette Little stated that the space had not been maintained nor upgraded for four decades.

It was resolved at the previous subcouncil meeting in September that the acting subcouncil manager would take it up with the City of Cape Town’s recreation and parks ­department.

A further resolution was made at Wednesday’s sitting of subcouncil 17 that a mesh fence be proposed as the most feasible option to secure the site for further development.

The recreation and parks department reported that a recommendation was first made for palisade instead of mesh fencing, which is available in the City’s storage, and that there had also been a request for the site to be developed into a sport facility, which posed its own set of challenges.

The department’s Lynne January said further funding would be needed if it was decided against a mesh fence.

“If you want to do an alternative fence, then we need more capital funding and who is going to give the capital funding, seeing that we are in a drought, so money is going to be scarce to do an alternative type of ­fencing.

“The mesh fence we have in stores, but I don’t think our staff is equipped to do that.

“The alternative is palisade or another type of fencing, but that requires capital funding to do that. We can do the mesh, but how long is it going to last?” said January.

At the meeting ward 60 councillor Mark Kleinschmidt strongly countered January’s motion, saying that mesh fencing was still the preferred option.

“There is a strong move to move away from palisade fencing which is lucrative for theft and scrapmetal people. All major shopping centres erected mesh fencing, which is a stronger and better deterrent to criminals and thieves. The strong recommendation is wire mesh fencing, which is suitable, because it is coated with a plastic membrane,” said Kleinschmidt.

Ward 49 councillor Rashid Adams implored the subcouncil to include residents of Bokmakierie in the decision on what to use the space for.

“It is important that the community takes responsibility for what we are going to put up there for them. It is something that they have been asking for a number of years,” said Adams.

Adams met with the representative body of Bokmakierie and mentioned that the issue of the fence had been tabled at the subcouncil meeting.

“I propose that we go ahead with the fencing, but that we also include the community and that they have to take responsibility for it. If anything goes wrong, that executive body which was elected by the community must take responsibility for it.

“Let us give back some dignity to that part of our community who have been neglected for a very long time.”

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