Potholes ‘a pain’

Overgrown tree roots in the parking lot. PHOTOs: Nomzamo Yuku
Overgrown tree roots in the parking lot. PHOTOs: Nomzamo Yuku

The deteriorating state of the poorly maintained parking lot at the Meadowridge Park and Shop in Firgrove Road has become a concern.

Motorists who visit the centre on a regular basis say nothing has been done in a year except for minor fill-ups to patch the potholes.

This area is owned by the City of Cape Town.

Both sides of the parking and the driveways have potholes, and in some areas there are cracks in the road, and lines are faded.

There is also an area where the roots of a tree in the parking lot have grown and damaged the driveway.

Motorists say the situation can be costly for them as cars slowly get damaged as it is not always possible “to do a duck-and-dive if there is lot of traffic”.

Ellen Fedele says: “It has been years, literally, since I have been going there. Every single summer they patch up the innumerable potholes therein and as soon as it rains, these holes appear bigger than ever. Some are massive and can cause serious damage to a small vehicle’s wheels and suspension. The lines of the parking spots are very faded. My question to the city council is, considering the huge cost of sending one truck and a few men to literally pound hot black stuff into the holes, some by hand, some with a fancy machine, would it not make fiscal sense to close off the parking lot for two evenings and just re-pave the whole?”

A Meadowridge resident who does not want to be named says she likes strolling with her granddaughter at the complex but for the past few months it has been a nightmare­.

“The park has been neglected for a long time and it saddens us as the old residents of this community. This is one of the convenient spots we visit on a regular basis and seeing it like this is disappointing. It used to be a friendly place for everyone. I would like to see the parking lot and the driveway well maintained again, bringing life to our community.”

Mayco member for transport and urban development, Felicity Purchase, confirms that the Meadowridge parking area belongs to the City and that it needs to be reconstructed in several sections due to the failure of the underlying pavement structure.

“We will attend to this when we have the budget available. In the interim, we continue to undertake repairs as and when required. Repairs usually entail pothole repairs, root trimming and larger patch repairs where necessary.”

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