Let’s clean and beautify Knysna
Sherley Clarke, Knysna: I do a lot of walking around Knynsa as a form of exercise and am saddened by the huge amounts of litter in all the streets. More distressing is the sad state of our signage and the unattended fencing along the railway line behind Laguna Grove and along Waterfront Drive. The fences are broken, the wood rotten, and the barbed wire an accident waiting to happen. Half of the fencing is lying on the ground and if a dog or small child gets caught up in the wire it will rip their flesh to pieces.
The train no longer runs so what is the purpose of the wood and fencing? Why not remove it all and clean up this area? It’s the entrance to the waterfront and the Protea hotel where huge numbers of tourists arrive and leave our town.
A suggestion for the old railway station would be to clean it up, get rid of the three coaches which are slowly disintegrating, and turn it into a tourist attraction with arts and crafts, a coffee shop, a tourist info kiosk, etc. So much could be done with that area; instead it’s a dump.
Encourage shop owners and households to pick up litter outside their own establishments and homes, to paint and take pride in the outside of their buildings.
I would be happy to get involved with a group of like-minded locals who would like to see our town grow and develop into one of the cleanest and most attractive towns on the Garden Route.
Ed note: Readers who are on the same page as Sherley Clarke can send letters, which we will forward to her.