Merlewood housing scheme, back on track

2015-07-02 06:01

A NEWLY appointed contractor and a request for a budget adjustment are some of the steps the Hibiscus Coast Municipality has taken towards ensuring the Merlewood Housing Project gets under way.

For more than two decades, residents have been left in limbo, awaiting the completion of the project.

The project was approved by the MEC for Human­ Settlement KZN on 15 December. 2010 however, residents had received confirmation of their house numbers many years before.

This project entails the construction of 235 low-income housing units with the related infrastructure services valued at R20 million.

A total of 64 units were built by a the first contractor, whose services were terminated in 2013.

As the units were vandalised, the municipality requested that the new contractors present them with a breakdown of what the repairs to fix the units would cost.

The total value of the contract is now in the region of R30 million.

A meeting was held with the Merlewood community on 27 May to appraise them of the progress. At the meeting it was agreed that:

•Existing units will be allocated to 67 already approved beneficiaries.

•A sales administration process will have to be undertaken to swop some approved lot numbers for those of allocated beneficiaries.

•The ward councillor and the project steering­ committee and community leadership, will identify the rest of the beneficiaries.

“The municipality is working around the clock to ensure that the 67 units which are to be repaired will be ready for handover by the end of September and the municipal infrastructure­ service for 228 units to be completely installed by end of March 2016,” said HCM spokesperson, Simon April.

“In ensuring this three main contractors have been appointed and the work split between them as follows - house rectifications, water and sewer works and roads and storm- water works,” said April. - Supplied

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