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.”