Still no to Glenanda South proposed development

ARIEL VIEW: Columbine Avenue, Kliprivier Drive and Vorster Avenue join at the busy intersection. Photo supplied.

A GROUP of about 60 concerned residents met on February 21 to discuss the proposed housing development for Glenanda South, which is cause for concern.

Ward 23 councillor Sarah Wissler opened the meeting by thanking everyone for attending and introduced Lohann van Wyk, who is a Glenvista resident and a civil engineer.

“This proposed development is worrying and besides the failing infrastructure which is already under severe pressure, the roads in the area have not been built to carry the excessive volumes of traffic,” said Van Wyk. “There are no plans available for this development yet and no protocol has been followed. Once the developers go ahead and the development is up, there will be nothing that can be done.”

A local resident, who is knowledgeable in flora and fauna, spoke about how the disappearance of insects and small animals will have an impact on the area. “Many of our small animals in this area are valuable and play a key part in the ecosystem.”

The chairperson of development planning, Clr Graham De Kock, addressed the residents and advised them to do their homework and to put pressure on the developers by submitting letters of objection. “Property developers are known to go ahead with development and ask for forgiveness later. This sets a precedent and they think if they can get away with it once, they’ll get away with it time and time again. Make sure to lodge your appeals within the given time frame. Get a committee together and work with your ward councillor. Yolanda Robertson has done some of the groundwork already with her small team, has come on board and has offered to assist them,” said De Kock.

HOW WILL THIS PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT IMPACT: The councillor for Ward 23, Sarah Wissler, addresses the audience.

MMC Reuben Masango from Development Planning agreed with De Kock. “As a team, you’ll go further in an attempt to stop the development from taking place. The community needs to stick together and I commend you all this evening for opposing this proposed development.”

A time for questions and answers was given and a few residents raised issues which will definitely have an impact if the development goes ahead. “Traffic is already a nightmare at peak times along Kliprivier Drive and Van Beek and Vorster avenues and this proposed development will increase the volume of traffic drastically. There will only be one access point onto Van Beek Avenue, which is totally unacceptable,” added one concerned resident.

“The intersection from Van Beek Avenue onto Kliprivier Drive is not adequate in terms of its design and it will have to be upgraded if this development gets the go-ahead,” added another. “Mulbarton substation is under strain already, so what will happen if this development goes ahead?”

Clr Wissler called the meeting to an end at 9pm and thanked those who had given up their time to attend the meeting.

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