Subway back to old state

2019-03-05 06:00
Heathfield subway has been vandalised.

Heathfield subway has been vandalised.

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Residents who invested time and money to ensure that the Heathfield subway is not a haven for criminal activities have been left heart broken following the vandalism of their work.

In a previous interview with People’s Post (Call for subway safety, 2 August 2016) Deon, a member of Hands Off Our Subway committee, who didn’t want his surname published, said there is always an element of crime and unsavoury characters hanging around the subways.

“There is also a lot of graffiti which is related to gangs, which makes the subway look unsightly. It’s not nice to walk there. Elderly people and kids use the subway, so it has to be safe,” he says.

Residents came together and formed the Hands Off Our Subway to ensure that the subway is well looked after and no criminal elements use the subways as a hide out. Coming together they got the subway re painted and it was colourful and felt safe.

For a short while the work that they did was a deterrent to those who used the subway for the wrong reasons.

Residents had to take over the subway because of drug peddling and other crimes.

Commenting on the damage, Deon says they are very disappointed. It is not even two years since they worked on the subway not the work they did was damaged. “It looks terrible, the murals have been vandalised. I just don’t know what to say anymore, it was a waste of time,” he says.

Deon says in their conversations with the councillor and Prasa the agreement was that the subway is locked and unlocked so that criminals don’t use it as a hideout.

Ward Councillor Kevin Southgate says the conversation at the time was that the subway will be locked after the last train arrived and opened early morning but that has never happened. “I have engaged with Prasa since we last spoke, but I was told that everything depends on the budget and the Heathfield subway was identified as one of the subways to get attention. The situation has deteriorated, paintings has been defaced. Unfortunately as a City there is so much we can do,” says Southgate.

Prasa/Metrorail had not responded by the time of going to print.

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