Res­i­dents fed up with leaks, rub­bish in streets

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WITH Buf­falo City Metro res­i­dents be­ing asked to use wa­ter spar­ingly, there are still ar­eas that have wa­ter leaks and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is not do­ing any­thing about it.

A res­i­dent at Gar­cia Flats, who wanted to re­main anony­mous, said he did not be­lieve that BCM would ask res­i­dents to save wa­ter when they could not fix one prob­lem at the flats.

“This leak started in De­cem­ber and I can’t re­call how many times I have re­ported it, but no one has done any­thing. About 1 000 litres are wasted ev­ery day,” the res­i­dent said.

He fur­ther said: “My neigh­bour has slipped and fallen from the wa­ter in the hall­way. Kids who run around have also slipped and fallen. It is pa­thetic,” he said.

Wa­ter leaks are not the only prob­lem that was raised by the res­i­dents of Gar­cia Flats. They also raised con­cerns about un­col­lected rub­bish, open elec­tric­ity boxes and bro­ken win­dows.

Many of th­ese is­sues were raised in a GO & Ex­press ex­posé (‘Fallen Flat”) that was pub­lished last year.

An­nette Vorsper, who is a res­i­dent at the flats, said they did not know how to ask BCM to make sure that rub­bish was col­lected ev­ery Tues­day. “They don’t come ev­ery week like they are sup­posed to.

“If they come, they don’t take ev­ery­thing. There is al­ways left over rub­bish. This is not good for us and our chil­dren. It is a dis­grace. BCM has for­got­ten about us and it is sad,” Vorsper said.

In March, GO re­ported that res­i­dents felt like the for­got­ten com­mu­nity and were up in arms when they cleared out their own un­col­lected rub­bish from last year. Their com­plaints in­cluded un­cut grass and an unkempt play­ground which is also sit­u­ated in the block.

BCM spokesman Samkelo Ng­wenya had not re­sponded to ques­tions sent to him at the time of go­ing to print.


HEALTH RISK:Gar­cia Flats res­i­dents in Cambridge are fed up of garbage be­ing col­lected spo­rad­i­cally by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity

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