Public Wynberg meeting: Engage with our councillor!

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Councillor Elizabeth Brunette

Ward 62 councillor Liz Brunette will hold a public meeting with Wynberg residents in July.

The purpose of the townhall-style meeting is to engage with Wynberg residents and the other way round.

The WRRA is delighted at the prospect as we have often requested regular townhall-meetings with Brunette, something that some other councillors successfully run.

Brunette has suggested a Q&A format to the evening, but requested that the main topics be sent to her beforehand so she can bring along a City expert if needed.

The WRRA urges residents to attend the meeting as our Facebook users often complain of lack of access to the councillor. This will be your opportunity!

We suggest the topics below – please add more below or on our Facebook page should you wish to. The deadline for supplying topics is Thursday 14 June at 5 pm.

The final date for the meeting will be announced on our website under the URGENT tab, as well as on our Facebook page. The venue is expected to be Church on Main behind the library.

Suggested topics:

  • The most effective way to engage with the councillor
  • Traffic and taxis
  • Development
  • Problem areas in Wynberg
  • Crime and the role of law enforcement

Read more: Other issues discussed at the 4 June Ward Committee meeting:

Quick notes from the meeting

Development watch: The solution?

Vacant cottages to remain vacant

Bin audit helps to clean up Wynberg

Ward allocations: what we asked for

MyCiTi: postponed again

What are the things we complain about?

 

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Development of Wynberg: The solution?

Collage of proposed and current developments in Wynberg

The best solution for what many regard as the unbridled development of old Wynberg is for the WRRA  to urgently pursue its vision of drawing up a proper local-area structure plan in which it is set out which areas should be preserved and which are more development-friendly.

This was the advice the WRRA received at the Ward 62 Committee meeting on 4 June 2018 in the face of its concern over increasing developments, especially in the Wellington Avenue area just behind the Old Wynberg Village.

Read more: To develop or not to develop

It will be quite a costly affair as a professional urban planner will have to be involved and the WRRA will first have to find some funding.

Councillor Liz Brunette has said she would be happy to be involved in the process and would set up a meeting with a City urban designer to guide the WRRA through the steps.

Observatory, which has had to cope with many of the same problems that Wynberg has, is currently working through a similar process, Brunette said.

Read more: Other issues discussed at the 4 June Ward Committee meeting:

Quick notes from the meeting

Public meeting: engage with our councillor!

Vacant cottages to remain vacant

Bin audit helps to clean up Wynberg

Ward allocations: what we asked for

MyCiTi: postponed again

What are the things we complain about?

Ward Committee meeting: quick notes

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The Alphen Centre, where the Ward 62 Committee meets every two months.

These topics were briefly discussed at the Ward 62 Committee Meeting on 4 June 2018.

Hollywood Bets

Athol Swanson from the Wynberg Improvement District reported that Hollywood Bets have tightened up their security and cleaning around the shop has been improved.

Read more: Concern over betting shop in residential area

Traffic signs and traffic-calming measures

The WRRA raised a number of requests for traffic signs and traffic-calming measures flagged by residents. The councillor was unwilling to discuss these and said they were basically service-delivery issues that should be reported along service-delivery channels.

However, the WRRA has included these requests in its proposal for ward allocation projects.

Read more: Ward allocations: what we asked for

Security cameras

If neighbours start a drive to put up security cameras in our streets, power can be sourced directly from the City’s power lines at a nominal cost.

A formal application must be lodged and the City’s CCTV policy (downloadable from the website) must be followed. Any cameras that look out over roads or public open spaces must be registered with the City.

St John’s Parish Cemetery

The church has undertaken to clean the cemetery in Church Street once a week and is currently looking for funding to fence it in.

Read more: Concern over cemetery dwellers

Greater cooperation among Wynberg representative groups

In a private discussion between the WRRA representative on the Ward Committee and Cllr Liz Brunette, it was proposed that different Wynberg groups (eg. the WRRA, Wynberg Watch, WID and Solutions) meet from time to time as a group with the councillor in order to discuss issues pertaining to only Wynberg.

That is because the Ward Committee meetings include representatives from Constantia and other suburbs, as well as environmental, security and social organisations – and Wynberg has specific needs that do not apply to the other organisations.

The WRRA will take the initiative to organise the first of these meetings.

Read more reports from the 4 June Ward Committee meeting:

Vacant cottages to remain vacant

Bin audit helps to clean up Wynberg

Ward allocations: what we asked for

MyCiTi: postponed again

What are the things we complain about?

Development watch: The solution

Public meeting: engage with our councillor!

Vacant City cottages to remain vacant – for now

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A City cottage on Tenby Road. Pic: Kate Cluer

The fate of the empty City-owned cottages on Tenby and Kemms road and surrounding areas depends on the future of the MyCiTi route.

They will remain empty until a final MyCiTi decision is reached, said Ward 62 councillor Liz Brunette at the Ward Committee meeting on 4 June 2018.

If it is decided that the route will not pass through that part of Wynberg, the cottages will be let. If the route will pass through that area, the cottages will remain empty and eventually demolished to make way for the route.

The City is unwilling to let the cottages in the meantime because it is notoriously difficult persuade tenants to leave once they’ve moved in, Brunette said.

Read more – Other issues discussed at the 4 June Ward Committee meeting:

Quick notes from the meeting

Bin audit helps to clean up Wynberg

Ward allocations: what we asked for

MyCiTi: postponed again

What are the things we complain about?

Development watch: The solution

Public meeting: engage with our councillor!

Bin audit helps to clean up Wynberg

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Pic: Makro

The correct number of municipal bins are now available in Wynberg to help keep our streets clean.

The Area Coordinating Team for the Wynberg CBD – which meets every second month to resolve service delivery issues in the CBD – decided to focus on solid waste and to undertake a bin audit for a large part of the suburb.

The audit was paid for by the City and finished in May 2018, Cllr Liz Brunette reported at the Wynberg Ward Committee meeting on 4 June 2018.

A team worked their way through every business and home from Wetton Road to the Victoria hospital (roughly the area covered by Wynberg SAPS Sector 1) to identify the correct number of bins and supply bins where needed.

Some flat buildings had started recycling programmes and in those cases the City removed the bins and refunded the owners.

Businesses were the main target because the Wynberg Improvement District was battling with refuse left in bags strewn all over the CBD as a result of the shortage of bins.

The effect was immediate, Brunette said. “Many people didn’t realise their bin count was inadequate and just put out the bags.”

More bin collections were also introduced where needed, for instance for restaurants who before had to make do with collections only once a week.

The City is also smiling, as the project brought in R275 000 extra in rates from people who did not pay for solid-waste collections before.

Read more – Other issues discussed at the 4 June Ward Committee meeting:

Quick notes from the meeting

Vacant cottages to remain vacant

Ward allocations: what we asked for

MyCiTi: postponed again

What are the things we complain about?

Development watch: The solution

Public meeting: engage with our councillor!

 

Ward allocations: what we asked for

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The WRRA has requested budget from the ward allocation (2019/2020) for two projects.

The projects are:

  • Contribution to the cost of an expert to help us compile a neighbourhood plan/overlay for our suburb as a way of preserving the look and feel of Wynberg.
  • Traffic control measures for Main Road, Cogill Road, Oxford Street, Bower Road and Silverlea Road.

Generally, only one request per suburb is considered.

Ward allocations are controlled by our councillor, Liz Brunette, who at the Ward Committee meeting on 4 June 2018 said she  always allocates money from this budget for:

MyCiTi: postponed again

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The Council’s decision about whether the MyCiTi route will run straight through residential Wynberg or around it, has again been postponed – this time until the July Council meeting.

This is the second postponement.

At the Ward Committee meeting on Monday, 4 June 2018, Cllr Liz Brunette said that the issue has been kept over until July and she hoped it would be resolved then.

The WRRA understands heritage experts have also been looking at the routes, but our inquiries about this have remained unanswered. Cllr Brunette promised to look into it for us.

Read more: MyCiTi articles

Read more: Other issues discussed at the 4 June Ward Committee meeting:

Quick notes from the meeting

Public meeting: engage with our councillor!

Vacant cottages to remain vacant

Bin audit helps to clean up Wynberg

Development watch: The solution

What are the things we complain about?

Ward allocations: what we asked for