Canal safety: City won’t pay

Collage of canal pictures

The City will not fork out money to secure the Wynberg Canal, according to Melissa Whitehead, commissioner for Transport for Cape Town (TCT).

The WRRA has received feedback from Cllr. Liz Brunette after a meeting where suggestions were put forward to make the canal a safer place, especially for bordering properties.

The feedback includes:

  • TCT will not fund security fencing for the canal.
  • A grid cannot be placed over the canal as that could exacerbate flooding and prevent access by TCT stormwater workers.
  • The solution for winter flooding remains the construction of retention ponds in Maynardville Park, but this is subject to city-wide priorities and available budget. (The ponds have been on the council’s which list for about 10 years.)

A follow-up meeting will take place to discuss other alternatives. These may include that residents fund safety fencing themselves, Brunette said.

The WRRA said it was disappointed by  TCT’s unwillingness to fence off parts of the canal.

“It is a safety issue. A City structure is making the neighbourhood unsafe for residents and it is therefore the City’s responsibility to address the problem.”

As infrastructure and storm water falls under TCT, the canal is TCT’s responsibility. WRRA chairperson Kristina Davidson said it would explore other options such as the possibility of tapping into the budget of other City departments or the budget for Ward 62.

“Personally I would prefer to see ward budget spent on securing the canal rather than on painting road markings or raised intersections,” she said. “While road markings and raised intersections are important, securing the canal should be a priority and would have far-reaching impacts on Wynberg that go beyond the properties bordering the canal.”

 

 

 

Advertisements

4 Comments

  1. Darron Araujo of Mountainview Rd asked me to post this comment on his behalf.

    I am given to understand, and invite the City and the ward councillor to correct my understanding, that ward allocation funding and Urban Settlement Development Grant funding were used to fence off Wynberg Park on the M3-side during the last three years or so.

    Over the same time period, an approximated, combined total of R300 000.00 in funding was made available for projects relating to Wynberg Park.

    But exactly how much public money was actually used for fencing off this park – and was a percentage of ward allocation money specifically used for this project? Projects funded with ward allocations must follow public participation procedures as set out in the Municipal Systems Act, requiring input from the broader constituency of Ward 62 for the disbursement of funds – and yet the broader Wynberg community has certainly not been openly consulted regarding spend on Wynberg Park.

    What we really need is public spend on securing the canal. It is appalling that the ward councillor has not suggested to the community that ward allocation funding could be used to secure the canal: the residents of Wynberg absolutely should use THEIR money to secure the canal – in this case, ward allocation funding: as this OUR money and not the ward councillor’s.

  2. Kristina Davidson and Darron Araujo make very valid points. I have stayed in Oak Avenue for 27 years and it is only now that it is a crime hazard. Lots of us are woman on our own… As they say why can the Park be singled out and not the canal. Lynette Standley

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s