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Thursday Jul 05, 2012

Anger over closure of Tshwane road before public input

A DA ward councillor has criticised Tshwane Metro Council's decision to close a street in Willow Park without proper consultation.

Ward 86 councillor Elsabe Louw said she was surprised that a report on the closure of Vivian Street was submitted to the council for approval only at last Thursday's meeting.

The report stated that as part of the council's spatial development framework for the eastern region (Cullinan/Bronkhorstspruit), it was necessary to close the street.

The development plan provides for a mixed use development along Bronkhorstspruit Road and along the N4.

In terms of the council's development plan, the street must be closed to all traffic, pedestrians and vehicles, to prevent industrial traffic from travelling through the residential area.

Louw said: "It is surprising that approval for the closure of Vivian Street is being sought now, almost a year after its closure.

"To add insult to injury, the residents have never been notified of the closure."

She said she could understand the residents' anger because they were not consulted on this matter.

"The place where this road was closed actually forms the border between Ward 56 and 86.

"I'm the councillor for Ward 86, but was also never informed about the closure," she said.

Louw said the residents would not have been against the closure of the road, had the other streets that have to service this area been upgraded according to the development plan.

She said these streets were Groenwilger and Havelock as well as Simon Vermooten Road.

"The reason residents are upset is that the existing entrances in Simon Vermooten Road from Havelock Street into Bronkhorstspruit Road from the remainder of Vivian Street are dangerous.

"The spatial development framework, if it was carried out as it should have been, would have made provision for safe entrances and exits," Louw said.

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