Meeting: Wed 26 October, 18h00 to 20h00, Rosebank Union Church.
The clean-up of George Lea Park has highlighted the presence of displaced people living in parks and other open spaces in our suburbs. Behind the scenes there is lots going on and we’d like to update you about what’s been happening.
The fence installation is complete and the land occupiers evicted. However, they have moved along the Spruit, behind the berm near the Rosebank Union Church, into the park bordering Rosehaven pensioners village and other vacant areas. Simultaneously , there has been an uptick in opportunistic crime in the HGC area. With eight incidents reported during September and already nine reported up to 17 October 2016. This comes off a historically low base.
Your attendance at this meeting is important. Why?
Firstly - it is an opportunity to allow residents to hear about what actions have been taken. A lot has been happening with regards these issues and the success of any project requires buy-in and the co-operation from all of us.
Secondly- before a solution can be found one needs to understand the nature and parameter of the problem.
What are the obstacles what existing initiatives could feed into a solution? In particular- is this meeting only to consider the displaced persons from GL or does it take into account the approximately 100 strong residents living between William Nicol, Republic and Jan Smuts avenue? What are the existing initiatives and co-operation agreements in place that could fit into any new initiative? For example BSRA, CRA, Old Parks and HGC have recently embarked on a joint collaborative effort regarding the persons living along the river.
Thirdly- what is the City empowered to do and what can the RA's do?
Finally- once we have all of the above information we can look towards a solution which may be one that will necessarily be implemented in stages and/or have a multi-prong approach.
The Displaced People’s Unit (DPU) conducted an investigation and reported the following:
HGC representatives have liased with developers regarding fencing off the area between the Shell Garage on William Nicol and Rosehaven retirement village.
Together with neighbouring residents associations, we have embarked on a collaborative effort regarding the persons living along the river with Old Parks Sports Club.
Meanwhile, Sandton Sports Club is in negotiations with several security companies regarding professional guarding at the club. This will involve access control as well a perimeter patrols to ensure the integrity of its boundaries.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
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