View bridge proposal

2018-04-17 06:02

The public participation process for the removal of a bridge in Lotus River will take place at Stephen Road Primary School on Saturday.

The process, which takes place from 14:00 to 17:00, will require residents to view the proposal and put their views across in writing in order for it to be submitted to the City of Cape Town.

The bridge, which is surrounded by Stanley Road, Simon Road, Stephen Road and Raymond Circle, has been a point of contention in the immediate community for years, having been the site of many an unsavoury incident, with numerous crimes taking place in the vicinity.

However, in order for the bridge to be closed down, certain procedures have to take place.

“There are a lot of things that are required in order to break down the bridge. There’s cabling, water pipes and all of those things.We need [City departments] to understand what the community is saying. We need them to come to the ground and not have a desktop exercise and only see what they want from their view. [They need to] actually come here and hit the ground to see what we are seeing, go through what we are going through and have those one-on-one conversations with residents in order to see what the problems are – that is what we were doing for the last couple of weeks,” says ward councillor for the area, Patricia van der Ross.

She says she has been trying to resolve the issue for years and that the motion gathered pace at a recent community meeting attended by Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews.

“I was so glad when Andrews came on board, because public participation falls within his ambit. When he came out one night to actually listen, we could move forward and have this public participation process,” confirms Van der Ross.

She says the interaction will not be an opportunity for the community to “sit down and blow off steam again,” but for them to put pen to paper and deliver their voice in writing.

“They can come anywhere [between 14:00 and 17:00]. It is going to be a walk-in process, where they either agree or if they want this and what are their motivating factors. One person will be able to take two minutes to view the proposal, share their view and put it on paper and move along. That is why the officials are going to avail themselves to help with that process, so we can cover all the households, especially in that area that is being affected by it.”

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