Mesh fence to be installed soon

2017-12-12 06:01

The mesh fence promised to enclose a piece of vacant land in Third Avenue in Hazendal has been acquired.

It was recently reported that the space, historically a bone of contention in the community, was earmarked to be fenced off (“Fence planned for space”, People’s Post, 24 October).

Lynne January of the City of Cape Town’s parks and recreation department updated subcouncil 17 on the progress of the project, after she met with ward 49 councillor Rashid Adams.

“I met with Adams on site on 30 October regarding the fencing. I can report that we received the wire mesh fencing with the poles, the strings and the concrete. The next phase is the implementation and my own internal staff will be doing that, which means we will be done with this motion,” January said at the meeting.

She added that the project would be implemented by her department internally, while Adams asked her to finalise the period in which her department planned on being on site.

“Let us prepare the community ahead of time and explain to them that it is not a project where external work will be taken on,” says Adams.

“I would just like to convey a special thanks to January for the effort she has made to ensure that we are where we are right now. When it was handed over to her, it was an issue that had been on the agenda for many years and she took the bull by the horns.

“Whatever promises that were made have been delivered. I would really like to thank her on behalf of the community as well,” he adds.

Once the fence is installed, it will be handed over to the community, who will be responsible for controlling the access to the site.

“The community has not been identified yet, but we do have a registered civic body that operates from the area and the chairperson lives within walking distance of the site. The school will also play an integral role. We also have the neighbourhood watch that is based close by. We have enough people we can depend on. Once that process has been done, we can communicate with them and negotiate who is going to take responsibility for the keys of the gates,” says Adams.

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