Run-around for park problems

2016-06-14 06:00
Coniston Park has become an eyesore for residents and a source of crime with no help at hand. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Coniston Park has become an eyesore for residents and a source of crime with no help at hand. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Coniston Park residents’ fears about a public facility going to waste, are coming true.

Now, the park is becoming an increasingly dangerous place as government departments pass the buck.

The play park in Coniston Avenue has been stripped of all of the play equipment, including those made of wood and metal. The poles that surrounded the park have all been stolen as well. Residents have tried to get the park equipment replaced with no luck, says Gilbert Carstens of the ConWatch Neighbourhood Watch.

The park is in a sorry state, Carstens says.

“We have tried to get the relevant authorities to get the park equipment replaced and have the park fenced, with no luck. No one comes back to us.

“Now we have to watch as the park goes to the dogs. There is nothing left of it,” he says.

People’s Post realised the Kafkaesque nightmare that the residents were experiencing when trying to find out who was responsible for the park.

The City of Cape Town was first approached with the residents’ complaints, but was informed the City does not own the property. People’s Post was referred to the provincial public works department instead.

The provincial public works department also responded to say “parks fall outside of their purview” and referred People’s Post to the national department of public works.

The national department of public works referred People’s Post back to the provincial department and the City.

But residents still have to deal with a park that is an eyesore, Carstens says. “If no-one wants to take ownership of the park, then the equipment must be removed.”

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