Funds sweep clean

2018-04-03 06:01

Special funding has been made available to clean up Green Point’s lanes.

This after concerns raised by the community prompted ward councillor Dave Bryant to make ward allocation budget available to clean the public lanes on a more regular basis.

“The cleanliness of the lanes has proved to be an ongoing challenge as public lanes are only cleaned three times a year in line with cleaning frequencies for residential streets. This project will commence from July,” Bryant says.

Liz Knight, Green Point Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association vice-chairperson and founder of Friends of Green Point Lanes, says the allocation of funds is “excellent news for all who live and work in Green Point”.

A group of volunteer residents have been maintaining the lanes, Knight says.

“The group Friends of Green Point Lanes, formed in mid-2017, has been upgrading the lanes by first clearing building rubble and weeds and then planting succulents and drought-resistant plants.

“Residents living alongside the lanes have been encouraged to also maintain them and to use the lanes for exercising and dog walking. Moreover, the lanes serve as important thoroughfares. The objective of the Friends group has been to make the lanes safer for pedestrians than the main roads where pavements in many instances have been appropriated for parking,” she explains.

One of the biggest complaints around the public lanes is litter (including plastic, glass, polystyrene and paper) that is dumped in the lanes, Knight says.

“Building rubble is also illegally dumped. In some instances, surfaces and steps as well as handrails have been damaged by construction alongside the lanes,” she says.

“Most of the service requests on the City’s website are for cleaning and maintenance.

“The City’s pledge to fund more frequent cleaning will make the lanes safer for the community to use and will help integrate the community. The support will also allow the Friends to now focus their efforts on rolling out the greening of all the lanes in our village. Clean and green lanes will encourage residents and those who work here to use them.”

Bryant adds: “I have heard the concerns from members of the Green Point community regarding the cleanliness of these lanes and have made special provision for additional cleaning.

“We have also found that cleaner spaces are safer spaces. There are divergent opinions as to how to manage the lanes from a safety perspective but in the meantime I want to ensure that the City is doing its bit at least to keep the lanes clean.”

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