Pipes perturb residents

2016-06-14 06:00
A ConWatch Neighbourhood Watch member shows the water pipes in Lucerne Crescent that are giving people who live along the road sleepless nights. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

A ConWatch Neighbourhood Watch member shows the water pipes in Lucerne Crescent that are giving people who live along the road sleepless nights. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Residents in Lucerne Crescent in Coniston Park say life is a nightmare because of water that fills their driveways and makes it impossible to use.

Their problem emanates from drainage pipes at a nearby shop where rain water is just discharged into the road.

This has been going on for years and with winter in full swing, they say it will be difficult to access their homes.

For years they have been calling on the City to come up with a permanent solution, but nothing has been done. To add to their problems they say the building owners don’t even bother to come around and clean their trench. It’s filthy and they say now they are being plagued by cockroaches and big rats.

UnbearableAbduragman Joseph, a resident very close to the “problematic pipes”, says life has become unbearable.

“My house is stone cold and the water makes it difficult to come in and out.

“We have been complaining but it seems no one wants to listen and we just have to live with this; it’s right on our door steps. What really upsets me is that no-one even wants to come out to see what we are dealing with here.

“Once or twice they have come, but nothing has been done. My house smells bad. It’s always damp. My kids have asthma and having to deal with this just makes their condition worse. To make matters worse, the area is dirty and we have rats. It’s just making things more difficult.”

Joseph added that they are worried now that it will start raining.

“The road gets flooded and the water remains stagnant for days before it starts flowing. We have waited long enough, now something has to be done. It makes life difficult for us. People get sick. The City doesn’t want to listen. We want the pipes chopped off,” he says.

No stormwater drainGilbert Carstens, co-chairperson of the Conwatch Neighbourhood Watch, says they have been fighting this for a long time.

“The residents have been trying to get this sorted out, with no luck. When the road is flooded, no-one can use it. There is no stormwater drain close-by, the closest is 25m from the pipes. The water has to fill the road to capacity before it starts flowing. My suggestion was an easy solution, the City must dig underground pipes. It is costly, but it’s a permanent solution.”

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport says the City’s transport authority, is looking into this complaint and the concerns raised by the residents.

“We will be able to provide more information once a solution for improved drainage in the area has been found.

“TCT will also have to look into the conditions of approval for the building mentioned in the query.”

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