Heated over housing

2017-11-28 06:00
Woodstock residents are clearly worried about a rumour that Victoria Way Park may be used for housing development.PHOTOS: Nomzamo yuku

Woodstock residents are clearly worried about a rumour that Victoria Way Park may be used for housing development.PHOTOS: Nomzamo yuku

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There appears to be no end to the boiling issue of affordable housing in Woodstock.

With plans in progress at the City of Cape Town housing department for housing development in the area, residents have revealed their objections to some of the rumoured plans.

City officials have announced their plan to develop affordable housing units in Salt River, Woodstock and the CBD.

There are reportedly plans to build housing at Victoria Way Park in Golders Green Road and at the old Woodstock hospital.

Now a notice has been put up at the entrance to the children’s park. It is said to have been there for about a week.

The notice states that residents are not against social housing but are taking action because, they claim, City officials have not organised any public participation.

It is unclear who is responsible for the notice.

A resident renting a property opposite the park says he supports the idea of making the public aware and reminding them that their voices matter. He says most people are worried about the possibility of losing the only park in the area to a housing development.

“We need the green and calm space this park provides. It is where people meet and socialise. I think people want to discourage the City from considering implementations of these rumours and want to be kept updated about the progress of the plans,” says the resident.

Another resident says she loves the park and finds the rumours about turning it into a housing site “crazy”. She believes community members need the park as much as they need affordable houses. “Government must stop playing with people’s minds and look for proper sites for the development. The old hospital is a perfect site and there are many other sites that can be considered, not the park. Old, neglected buildings and unneeded facilities should be considered,” she says.

Woodstock ward councillor Dave Bryant says people must be careful of unverified information. “They say the City has identified some sites without public participation. The information is a little bit misleading.

“I do understand the concern, which is mainly the absence of information. The officials are busy with the matter of planning and investigating possible sites. Once they have all the information, there will be a number of open days to engage with the public. Information and progress will be shared.

“While we wait, I am more than happy to provide information to those who wish to enquire.”

He says he was made aware of the notice and circulating flyer but he does not know who is behind them.

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