Residents encouraged to join KERA

2018-10-23 06:02
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Kirstenhof and Environs Residents’ Association was commended for its community work at its annual meeting at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Thursday evening.

Ward councillor Penny East and Mayco member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron, were the guest speakers.

They both applauded the association.

East said the residents voluntarily serve the community to the best of their ability.

The association is made up of residents from Norfolk Park and Orchard Village.

At the meeting, its members emphasised the need for more residents to sign up as members and volunteers.

They instantly got six new members who availed themselves to join in as committee members. The committee previously had six members, some with multiple positions.

At the meeting residents interacted with the councillors, asking questions about service delivery, traffic, development and safety issues. Herron said there are plans in place to curb traffic issues.

In his report he stated that:

. A traffic study of the Roscommon, Main and Bergvliet roads intersection towards Heathfield will form part of the greater De Waal Road traffic study and modelling exercise which will likely be completed in early November.

. Detailed designs of the reconstruction of the De Waal and Main roads intersection are complete and construction is anticipated to start in July and be completed within six months.

. The Roscommon and Gordon roads intersection project proposal is in the process of being prepared for consideration by the technical committee.

. A traffic study is currently underway along Main Road, including intersections between Station Road and Boyes Drive in Lakeside.

. The conceptual planning for the widening of Royal Road, and the addition of three new roundabouts, and remodelling of Sunrise Circle is complete. The project could commence as early as July.

Herron said the City of Cape Town is looking at implementing some of the road developments that have been in the pipeline but have been delayed due to lack of funding.

East responded to the concerns about safety and security. She advised residents to consider installing cameras and linking them to the local neighbourhood watches.

“I know most of you can afford your own cameras – this is the easiest way to monitor and track incidents in the neighbourhood.”

East also agreed to investigate violations of leases by some local businesses closer to the residential properties.

East was responding to concerns over some neglected plots which are reportedly affecting the value of the community.

According to the report given by Carolynne Franklin, Kirstenhof patrol manager, the crime rate has increased by 8% as compared to the same time last year.

She said this was a sign that the community needs to unite and claim back what is theirs. Franklin warned residents to be more vigilant now that it is almost the festive season. She also reminded everyone that as a volunteer-based organisation they need donations to effectively render their services. Mike Odd, the chairperson, thanked the residents and said the committee was impressed by the huge turnout. He encouraged them to register as members of the association. He also thanked those who volunteered to become committee members.

V For more information, visit the Kirstenhof and Environs Residents’ Association Facebook page.

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