Peace after planter upgrade

2016-04-19 06:00

We live in Upper Union Street, Gardens, and have had an issue with a planter, which is built outside a house, for many months now.

It has attracted many unsavoury characters – so called “car-guards” who tend to sit there – and over time it has resulted in the planter becoming a den of inequity.

Public drinking and resultant disorder (with the possible criminal element of drug selling) coupled with urinating in it and dumping of refuse made it an unpleasant place to walk past.

We have also felt threatened by these people and while we have managed to temporarily get rid of them on the basis that they were drunk and disorderly – with help from the CID – they always return.

A decision was made by the residents of the street to clean it up. The planter is on council ground but wasn’t erected by the council. The council offered to donate 13 Num Num plants.

We approached the Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel and their generosity has been overwhelming. Not only have they gotten rid of the ivy damage on the wall above the planter, but they painted and re-plastered the wall – all at their own expense. They planted the plants and have offered to water and maintain them.

Since this cosmetic improvement the gatherings and subsequent disorder have declined significantly.

This dedication from the hotel to improving our environment is wonderful and this letter serves to just highlight what a great business they are.

We cannot as residents thank them enough for helping us improve our street.

Janieke van Nugtern, Gardens

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