Looking back at the past year

2019-05-21 15:53
Members of the Green Point Ratepayers'and Residents' Association attended an AGM on Wednesday 15 May.

Members of the Green Point Ratepayers'and Residents' Association attended an AGM on Wednesday 15 May.

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The Green Point Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (GPRRA) held its annual general meeting to keep residents up to date on how far the association has come during the past year.

Speaking on behalf of co-chairperson Jenny McQueen, James Loock said GPRRA members have had excellent attendance and participation which has helped make community improvement projects run smoothly throughout the year.

He also mentioned that issues of concern at regular community policing forum (CPF) meetings included safety and security, problem buildings and liquor licenses, among others.

“McQueen also attends the ward committee forum meetings for Ward 115 to engage with councillor Dave Bryant, members of the City council, other ratepayers’ associations and fellow ward committee members in our wards,” he said.

“The forum provides a comprehensive report back from council on budgets, water, building and planning, homelessness and social housing services.”

Although Loock said GPRRA has a close relationship with the Green Point Neighbourhood Watch, he reminded members that security and policing was not within the association’s mandate.

“Initially when the GPRRA was formed, we had an impressive team working on safety and security, but with the establishment of the neighbourhood watch, we came to an understanding that it was prudent to delegate the role.”

Recently, the GPRRA and the neighbourhood watch both donated R5 000 each towards a license plate recognition camera in the area and a further R20 000 was donated by Ultra Liquors and Spar, also for the installation of cameras.

“We welcome any further contributions from the community as these cameras play a vital role in securing the entry and exit of Green Point,” Loock said.

Bryant said since mayor Dan Plato has taken over office last year, his main focus has been service delivery; which required the city to be clean and safe.

“This is by no means to say that in the five months that he has been in office, he is expected to have resolved all these issues already.

“We have, however, identified the key focus areas and I have been working through troubleshooting issues for each of the 11 neighbourhoods in this ward,” he said.

Bryant also said that Green Point has many challenges when it comes to rough sleeping and additional cleansing for certain areas.

“This is an undeniable fact, and I know because our office logs daily service requests for cleansing and homelessness issues,” he continued.

He said it is important for residents to keep in mind that one of the reasons for the increased pressures in terms of anti-social behaviour, dumping and other issues can be traced to the fact that Green Point is not covered by the City Improvement Districts (CID).

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