Residents slam development

2019-09-03 06:00
Maitland residents say it confuses them how Sixth Avenue squatter camp residents are confident that decisions about the housing development will proceed despite their concerns. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Maitland residents say it confuses them how Sixth Avenue squatter camp residents are confident that decisions about the housing development will proceed despite their concerns. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Maitland residents expressed their frustration over a planned Kensington Road housing development at a community meeting held on Wednesday 28 August.

The Abdullah Haroon Learning Centre on Coronation Road was packed to the rafters as residents gathered to discuss the proposed plans.

A number of concerns were raised including the need for housing for the poor, the impact of low-cost housing on the property value of existing homes, the impact of traffic, the possible loss of views, the lack of infrastructure to serve the growing population; and the social ills that “usually accompanies” low-cost housing.

Many said they first learned of the plans after reading anarticle (“Kensington Road earmarked for housing”, 20 August 2019) in the People’s Post.

Abduragmaan Ernstzen, a resident, said the matter had last been discussed at an engagement with the City of Cape Town in 2016. He said residents had objected to the development back then.

Claims were made that the City, along with Helen Jacobs, councillor for Ward 56, had turned a blind eye and carried on.

Residents suggested the City should look at alternative areas in Kensignton and Factreton better suited to developments like these. Ideas to consider the remaining piece of land for the upliftment of the community or to provide housing for Maitland backyarders were also raised.

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