Land cleared for Foentjies

2018-05-29 06:00

Work has officially begun on a new high-density housing development in Rochester Road. Following ongoing legal battles and disputes (“Building to start soon”, People’s Post, 15 November 2016), secretary of the Princess Vlei Civic Association, Glorya van Niekerk, confirms that the land is being cleared and building work has commenced.

Van Niekerk also served as the secretary of the Support Concerned Heathfield Residents Against Proposed Development (SCHRAPD) group, which has now been disbanded following the go-ahead for
development.

“Work has officially begun on the development and they are clearing the land. I was part of that as their secretary where we were opposing the fact that the development take place due to the fact that they only built within the confinements of the area and not going up in high-density housing. It is official now, they are building,” she says.

Ward 72 councillor, Kevin Southgate, visited the site of the development on Thursday and says the developer has handed over the site to the contractor and work has
begun.

“I am very pleased that the project has finally taken off. There are always other challenges associated with construction, but I have engaged with the developer with regard to the issue of crime and they have assured me that they will have the necessary security in place to ensure that the site as well as the equipment is protected. I don’t foresee much of a problem, because I think the developers are totally responsible enough to ensure that the contract goes according to plan,” he says.

He urges residents to be patient and he is sure that on completion, it will add value to the surrounding community.

Despite the initial opposition to the development, Van Niekerk hopes the development can still bring a positive influence, with the influx of new residents.

“As a civic association we are happy that it will bring more residents to the area. We hope that these residents get involved with the civic association. From a negative aspect, I doubt if they have really looked at the impact on the cars in the area, because there will be more traffic flow in the area. I don’t think they have looked at that correctly,” she says.

While impact studies were done relating to potential increase in vehicle traffic, Van Niekerk doubts the results were positive.

“With the influx of more people there will be more cars. That is the one negative aspect which was not looked at correctly, but there will be more people in the area who can get involved with the civic association and contribute to it in that regard. We are also saying that high density was not the way to go. We also wanted more building within the confines of the landscape of the area,” she says, adding, “We hope this is a positive move forward after all the obstacles and negativity surrounding what has happened in the past, but we are looking at a positive move forward for the area.”

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