Richmond not at all chilled with Chilley Road

2015-07-02 08:07


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RICHMOND Municipality is spending R6 million rebuilding one road, to the ire of residents who believe it is not a priority.

Chilley Road, in the city centre, is receiving a major facelift.

It is currently being excavated and will be rebuilt over the next few months.

Residents have, however, said it was an exercise in vanity.

They said there are many roads in worse condition than Chilley Road.

Richmond mayor Andrew Ragavaloo dismissed the concerns, saying this was part of the municipality’s IDP projects and other roads would also be fixed.

However, a resident who declined to be named said Chilley Road had “one or two potholes” that could be fixed.

“There is no need to dig up the whole road.

“There are many other roads in the city centre that are in a much worse state than Chilley Road. This is a waste of taxpayers’ money.”

The resident said the municipality had undertaken several other projects over the years and failed to complete them.

These included the yet to be opened testing and licensing centre that cost the municipality R14 million.

The Witness visited the station last week — its gate was locked and it was not in use.

The municipality also spent R9 million on road paving.

The project continued for years and angered businesspeople who had gaping holes at their store entrances as the paving remained incomplete.

The contractor abandoned the project two years ago and the municipality has taken legal action.

“Where are they going to find the cars and the people to use the licensing centre and keep it going?

“This is a very small town that thrives only on pension day. This is going to turn into a white elephant,” said the source.

Ragavaloo said those questioning the projects were negative.

“These are the things that people wanted to see in Richmond. These people [questioning the projects] do not want to see progress. They want to say the councillors are not bringing development.”

Another project that has Richmond residents hot under the collar is a red brick structure near Ndaleni Township.

“That is not our project. It belongs to the Department of Human Settlements. We do not know what it is supposed to be,” said Ragavaloo.

Construction on the building stopped in 2010, when the contractor ran out of money. A new contractor has been appointed.

An amount of R7 million had already been spent and R14 million would be spent in total when the project is complete.

Human Settlements spokesperson Mbulelo Baloyi said the facility would incorporate a community hall, business centre and a crèche

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