Lit­ter pro­blem needs to be ad­dres­sed

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Letters | Briewe - Je­an Al­lan, Knys­na:

I ha­ve al­ways felt proud that Knys­na was not stre­wn with lit­ter li­ke the big ci­ties, but ha­ving com­ple­ted the Park Run t­his Sa­tur­day I ha­ve to ex­press di­sap­point­ment that that is no lon­ger the ca­se.

I saw rub­bish bins o­ver­flo­wing – so­me in fact emp­tied on­to the ground – and se­ver­al bro­ken su­per­mar­ket trol­lies lying in a stre­am, al­ong with ge­ne­ral lit­ter.

On­ly a few me­tres a­way al­ong the rai­l­way li­ne (next to Tait Ma­ri­ne) the­re are squat­ters li­ving un­der the old trains with rub­bish all a­round them. Their litt­le com­mu­ni­ty has dou­bled in less than a week and is the first thing our ho­li­day­ma­kers will see as they walk or d­ri­ve al­ong to T­he­sen Is­land’s shops and re­stau­rants.

Tho­se of us who mo­ved to Knys­na from the big ci­ties will know that on­ce a small group start squat­ting, it doe­sn’t ta­ke long for t­his to be­co­me a lar­ge com­mu­ni­ty, al­most im­pos­si­ble to re­lo­ca­te. Can we be as­su­red that t­his will be ad­dres­sed by the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty as soon as pos­si­ble and pri­me beau­ty spots in our to­wn will be kept free of rub­bish and lit­ter? We ha­ve e­nough de­va­sta­ti­on from the fi­res, let’s not add to it with man-ma­de ey­e­so­res.

Mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger, Kam C­het­ty re­sponds:

The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty ackno­w­led­ges that lit­ter, es­pe­ci­al­ly a­round the la­goon (Trans­fer S­ta­ti­on and at the back of Food Lo­ver’s Mar­ket) is an on­going pro­blem and ur­ge the pu­blic to as­sist them by com­plying to the lit­ter law. They furt­her ask that re­si­dents re­port any lit­ter­bugs and ur­ge lit­te­rers to use bins a­vai­la­ble.

Lit­ter is a pro­blem that af­fects all, in­clu­ding our sen­si­ti­ve es­tu­a­ry and our na­tu­ral wild­li­fe. The lit­ter pro­blem needs to be ad­dres­sed col­lecti­ve­ly. Be­si­des our so­lid was­te de­part­ment, to­get­her with law en­for­ce­ment wor­king in a si­lo to re­sol­ve t­his pro­blem, they ask G­re­a­ter Knys­na re­si­dents to as­sist. The de­part­ments ha­ve re­que­sted Trans­net to re­mo­ve all the car­ria­ges from the rai­l­way li­ne at the trans­fer s­ta­ti­on and ha­ve furt­her re­que­sted per­mis­si­on to en­c­lo­se the pro­per­ty for sa­fe­ty re­a­sons. At t­his sta­ge they ha­ve not re­cei­ved any feed­back from Trans­net.

The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty as­ks re­si­dents to furt­her be vi­gi­lant and as­sist in e­du­ca­ting va­grants who bring lit­ter/bags from the CBD to the a­rea w­he­re bins o­ver­flow and lit­ter lies stre­wn a­round them.

To success­ful­ly ad­dress the lit­ter is­sue of G­re­a­ter Knys­na, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty needs the as­sis­tan­ce of its com­mu­ni­ty.

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