Halt! Give a robot

2017-10-31 06:00
Residents in Pelican Park want robots on the corner of Barbet Road, located off Old Strandfontein RoadPHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

Residents in Pelican Park want robots on the corner of Barbet Road, located off Old Strandfontein RoadPHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

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Residents are calling on the City of Cape Town to hear their pleas for robots on the corner of Barbet Road.

This comes after an increase in recent car accidents at the turnoff just off Old Strandfontein Road.

“Our people in Pelican Park have been asking the City to assist us with much-needed robots on the dangerous spot since we moved here. Instead, they are now putting up robots all over New Horizons, a new development, and ignoring those who have been here for years,” says Mymoena Daniels, a resident for more than 10 years and member of the local ratepayers’ ­association.

“There are many people involved in accidents on this turnoff, and oncoming traffic does not stop in their tremendous speed. My husband was involved in a terrible accident this year, when he took the turn and an oncoming car knocked him on the tail of his car.”

Daniels says despite raising the issue with officials and ward councillors during community meetings over the years, nothing is being done.

“Why do we need to beg these people for our safety, they are spending so much in the new development and putting robots at every corner. This is unfair to residents of Pelican Park. To add, our community was not invited to inform about any changes in the area or roadworks which have affected our daily routine,” she says.

“There is now only one exit out of Pelican Park, else we have to drive through New Horizons. The City closed down the turnoff to Strandfontein, this due to the dividers. Now we have to drive either through the new community or make a U-turn at the nearest robot,” she says.

She says parks in the area have also been abandoned and not been cleaned for months.

“The City has not visited this play park for a while. Children who play in this long grass are sometimes injured due to broken glasses lying hidden. Our ward councillor does nothing much for our old residents and is spending most of his time in the new development just next door. We are begging him to start considering our people.”

Area councillor Siva Moodley says: “It is true that the residents have been requesting traffic lights at the corner of Barbet and Strandfontein roads for many years. However, with Strandfontein Road being turned into a dual carriageway, Barbet Road was not considered as an access point to the main arterial road as it was too close to the next access point, being 18th Avenue,” he says.

Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), adds: “The City’s Traffic Service patrols Strandfontein Road on a regular basis. Signalised traffic lights are but one option to consider regarding calming measures that can be implemented on Strandfontein Road. The City’s Traffic Service will increase patrols in this area to help reduce incidents of speeding.

“The park near the Barbet Road intersection was cleaned approximately two weeks ago and the grass cut.”

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