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Thursday May 24, 2012

Colbyn residents say council is riding roughshod over land

A new organisation is to be launched on Monday at a meeting to be held at the Colbyn driving range, on the corner of Stanza Bopape (Church) Street and Kilnerton Road.

The launch of the Friends of the Colbyn Nature Valley comes after residents of Colbyn and surrounding areas decided to move forward regarding the proposed development on the edge of the Colbyn Nature Valley and the endangered 5 000-year-old peat land and wetland.

According to ward 82 councillor Siobhan Muller, the community is against many of the proposals, especially the removal of the recreational facilities in Colbyn.

Muller said it had been proposed in the Hatfield Urban Development Framework that the driving range would be removed and that a parkand-ride facility would be developed in the area.

"They (Tshwane Metro Council's city planning division) want to make Hatfield a car-free area. But the question is who are they going to bring in and where are they going to drive them to?" she said.

Muller said the municipality was ignoring the residents' views.

"Furthermore, there seems to have been no traffic impact study for the area around the Colbyn golf driving range. Roads and infrastructure that are already operating beyond capacity will have further pressure applied," said Muller.

In addition, the storm water runoff created from higher densification in Hatfield would cause the flood lines in the Colbyn Valley and lower down in the Hartbees Spruit to extend. This seemed to have been ignored by the authors of the development framework.

Muller said the residents had made it clear that they would not ignore the move of developers and city planners, "which threatens to destroy this important nature conservation area".

"This is the most effective way to defend the destruction of our environment. The DA is committed to protecting the environment for future generations. I urge all residents and those interested to join us on May 28," she said.

Muller said all interested parties were invited to attend and become part of the friends group.

For more information contact Muller on 082 454 9244.

Meanwhile, the annual meeting of the Sector 1 Sub Forum of the Sunnyside Community Policing Forum (CPF) takes place at the Southern Sun Garden Court Hotel, Pretorius Street, on June 4 at 5pm.

Ward 92 councillor Juanita du Plooy said CPF sub-forums played an important role in preventing crime, informing the community of progress in crime prevention, giving year-on-year comparisons of crime in the area and advising the community where crime hotspots were.

For more information contact Du Plooy by sending an e-mail to

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