The plans to fence off a bridge in Lotus River have been given the go-ahead after a subcouncil sitting on Thursday 18 October.After a protracted process, an estimated R350 000 has been allocated to fence off the section of ward 65 from the road reserve behind Stephen Road down to and including the bridge, which crosses over into Raymond Circle.“There will be no access from both sides. The area will be monitored for six months to see how it goes and then from there, we will either implement further extension of the closure, or a gate process where it will be lockable could be implemented,” says ward councillor Patricia van der Ross.She adds that while the money has been made available, there isn’t a tender process to follow when requesting specialised fencing.“The money is sitting with the department now, because there isn’t a tender process for fencing. They have gone through the request for quotation (RFQ) system. They have put out the RFQ – it takes about seven to 14 working days for people to bid. “They will put out a request for those who do fencing, to look at the request and they bid to say what cost they can do it for,” says Van der Ross.She adds that the while the fencing being used will be specialised, it will not be of any use to sell, should anyone feel the need to steal it.“That is what we are looking at. The material used for the fence won’t benefit anybody if they steal it. So that is where we are at right now. “I have asked subcouncil to come to me within the next seven days to tell me when the projected implementation date is. I hope that it is before the holidays hit, but I will only know that within the next five to six days,” adds Van der Ross.Once the implementation of the fencing project is finalised, the proposed period for it to be completed is three weeks.