Build-up of illegal dumping in Uitenhage’s Channer Street

2020-02-27 06:02

RESIDENTS around Channer Street in Uitenhage are at their wits’ ends with illegal dumping which is a result of youngsters leaving their empty alcohol bottles along the street after partying in the area over the weekend.

A local business owner who would prefer to remain anonymous said he is frustrated about young people filling Channer Street with their cars while they party from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.

“I have reported the issue to the police on multiple occasions, but they never visit the area. Instead they just drive past,” he said.

“The residents constantly complain about the noise, lack of safety and illegal dumping in the area on our Neighbourhood Watch Whats-App group. We are all frustrated and do not know what to do about the situation.”

He further said the youngsters drink in their cars and on the road. They also braai and smoke hookah pipe. “They obstruct traffic in the area and cars are not able to make use of the street over the weekend,” he said.

The frustrated business owner said the municipality only cleans Willow Dam and not Channer Street which results in a build-up of bottles and other litter in the area.

The youngsters from the area previously made use of Springs Holiday Resorts which is 5km outside Uitenhage but for the past year and a half they have moved their location to Channer Street. “It is shocking and a disgrace for the town,” he said.

Ward 51 councillor Pieter Terblanche said he is aware of the illegal dumping and youngsters partying in the area over the weekends.

“This is a big problem in the area because they leave alcohol bottles, cart boxes and plastic bags in the street,” said Terblanche.

He further said the Willow Dam section is safe and that he has hardly heard of crime related problems in the area in the last few years apart from the recent fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man.

On February 16, Keanan Magni was shot several times by two gunmen while hanging out with friends at the Willow Dam and died on the scene.

Terblanche said the Willow Dam area is safe and that he believes the shooting of Magni was due to conflict between different groups of people. He further said residents in Uitenhage still visit Willow Dam all the time and enjoy spending time with family and friends at the dam.

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