Public meeting: Let’s engage with our councillor!

Pic of Liz Brunette and raised hands

Councillor Elizabeth Brunette

Summary:

  • A date and time has been set for the promised townhall-style meeting between Cllr Liz Brunette and Wynberg residents.
  • Wayne Aldridge, the City’s head of problem buildings and an expert on crime, street people and drug issues, will also attend.

Councillor Liz Brunette will chair a public meeting with residents of Wynberg on 7 August.

A City crime expert will also attend to speak to residents about crime and related issues in our suburb.

This is the first public meeting ever dedicated specifically to the issues of our suburb (the part of Wynberg that falls in Ward 62), so it is important to attend.

Date: 7 August 2018

Time: 6 for 6.30 until 8 pm

Venue: Church on Main, 3 Millbank Road (next to the library, across the road form Maynardville Park)

Map of Church on Main

 

In attendance will be Wayne Aldridge, head of the problem buildings unit of Cape Town. He will speak about and reply to questions on problem buildings, street people, drugs and crime.

Picture of Wayne Aldridge, Wynberg

Wayne Aldridge

Cllr Brunette can answer questions on taxis and traffic, two other topics Wynberg residents indicated they wanted to discuss at the meeting.

She will also inform us about plans to improve the Wynberg PTI (public transport interchange) and surrounding area.

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


Cllr Brunette requested that the WRRA send her a list of possible topics for discussion. After consulting with residents, we supplied the following topics:

  • How to engage with the councillor most effectively
  • Taxis and traffic
  • Wynberg PTI
  • Development in Wynberg
  • Drugs and crime
  • Street people
  • Problem buildings
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Quest for a clean suburb

Cartoon of 3 children cleaning up a dam

Summary:

  • The City’s solid waste department has undertaken to clean Wellington Avenue, Piers Road, the area around Maynardville Park and three green areas between Wellington, Kemms and Flamingo Road once a week.
  • This is thanks to the relentless efforts of two Wynberg residents who refused to take no for an answer.
  • All residents can help by keeping the street area outside their homes clean.

IF YOU’VE NOTICED that some streets in Wynberg are looking more pristine than before, your eyes would not have been be deceiving you.

That’s thanks to Ian McClenaghan, WRRA exco member in charge of cleansing and a man who has for months been meeting with and petitioning a large number of people connected to the City and its cleansing departments.

Pic of Ian

Ian McClenaghan, WRRA exco member in charge of cleansing

“We recently moved to Wynberg and are very happy living in a suburb where it’s possible to walk to shops, restaurants, the library and especially Maynardville Park,” Ian explains.

“I’ve always enjoyed a walk around the neighbourhood in the evenings. My first visit to Maynardville Park was late one afternoon, and I found a park that was pristine; a lovely example of a proper neighbourhood park. The contrast, walking back home was terrible – the side streets were filthy and full of litter.”

This worried him particularly as before he lived in Newlands, where the streets were always impeccable.

So Ian, who stays in Wellington Avenue, set to work with his friend Ross Finck, a Kemms Road resident. Together they lodged a request on the City’s website. They spoke to the Wynberg Improvement District. They met with The Haven. Ian joined the WRRA exco and set up a cleansing portfolio. They patiently wrote endless emails, many of which went unanswered. They petitioned and met with the ward councillor. They drove around the suburb with City’s waste management officials, pointing out problem areas.  They checked into the Expanded Public Works Programme.

At last, after being sent from pillar to post for many weeks, Ian and Ross  met up with Deon McDillon, manager of the City’s department for solid waste. And things started to happen.

Deon did not have the funds to clean the whole of Wynberg every single week, but he did undertake to do the following:

  • Clean Wellington Road once a week
  • Clean Piers Road and the area around Maynardville Park once a week.
  • Clean the three green areas between Wellington, Kemms and Flamingo Road once a week.

Sherard Square is also looking much better, Ian reports.

“Wynberg south of Maynardville is much cleaner than it was a few months ago,” he says, but cautions, “we must remain vigilant and continue to follow up.”

Note: The Wynberg Improvement District (WID) employs nine permanent cleaners in the area covered by them.

WHAT WE CAN DO

As the City of Cape Town has limited resources, Ian and Ross urge private residents to take responsibility for their own streets.

“Part of the success in the areas above was that neighbours also became involved,” Ian says.

“Just keep an eye on the area outside your own front gate. Sweep the pavement once a week and remove any rubble that should not be there. If you employ a gardener or gardening service, add keeping part of the street clean to their job description.”

 

Development Watch: c/o Bower and Constantia Main Road

Picture of the property on the corner

Address: c/o Bower and Constantia Main Road

Status: There is a notice on the property that it is has applied for rezoning from GR1 (maximum height 10 m) to GR2 (maximum height 15 m). GR2 would allow for a building of three to four storeys high.

WRRA response: The WRRA has not been invited to comment. There some concern about another high block of flats as it is a busy intersection. On the other hand, GR2 zoning would bring the property in line with the zoning of all other properties between Wellington Avenue and Bower Road.

Development Watch: 16 Bayview Road

Bayview single house and apartment block

Address: 16 Bayview Road

Status: Property has been halfway demolished. One of the neighbours is challenging the development in court. The matter is currently on appeal.

WRRA response: The WRRA has objected to the demolition because a four-storey block of flats called Victoria Square is to be erected on the property. It has serious implication for the privacy and lifestyle of surrounding homes, and will put pressure on the traffic and ancient sewerage system.

Development Watch: 4 Vriedenhof Road

Pic of 4 and 6a Vriedenhof

4 Vriedenhof Road, with to its right the two semis one of which has also been bought by Karma

Address: 4 and 6a Vriedenhof Road

Status: Karma Properties has bought 4 Vriedenhof, as well as one of the two semis next-door.

WRRA response: The WRRA has not received any formal invitation to respond yet. We are of the opinion that a four-to-five storey development in the Karma style would be completely inappropriate in this sleepy street that consists of mostly single-storey cottages. It is also one property removed from heritage-rich Mortimer Road, and hardly a block from the Old Village. We are not opposed to developing of the property, but are of the opinion that it should be in keep with the look and feel of the rest of the street and should not exceed two storeys.

Vriedenhof Road streetscape

Vriedenhof Road streetscape

Public Wynberg meeting: Engage with our councillor!

Pic of Liz Brunette and raised hands

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?