How Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty tackles the is­sue of lit­ter and va­grants

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Letters | Briewe -

To­ny Lyons-Le­wis, Knys­na: I re­fer to Je­an Al­lan’s let­ter re­gar­ding lit­ter and il­le­gal squat­ters and the in­ef­fec­tu­al re­spon­se from our mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger.

Whi­le I accept that pe­op­le need to be ur­ged not to lit­ter, e­du­ca­ti­on at s­chool le­vel may help get the mes­sa­ge a­cross.

The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty still has a re­spon­si­bi­li­ty to pro­vi­de a cle­a­ning ser­vi­ce, which should in­clu­de the re­mo­val of the dum­ped trol­leys al­ong the brick pathway at the top of the la­goon.

Last Sa­tur­day, du­ring our par­k­run e­vent, I coun­ted se­ven in va­ri­ous sta­ges of dis­re­pair, dum­ped in the reed beds. We ha­ve a num­ber of vi­si­tors at the e­vent e­very week – w­hat sort of im­pres­si­on does this le­a­ve?

May­be le­vy a fi­ne a­gainst the su­per­mar­kets – that mig­ht en­coura­ge them to en­s­u­re they are not re­mo­ved from their par­king lots.

Re­gar­ding the squat­ters un­der the car­ria­ges at the so­lid was­te de­pot, law en­for­ce­ment needs to step up and ta­ke re­spon­si­bi­li­ty for the re­mo­val of the va­grants.

Our rates ha­ve es­ca­la­ted as­tro­no­mi­cal­ly, yet ser­vi­ce in so­me a­re­as is sad­ly lacking. Mr C­het­ty, w­hen last was lit­ter cle­a­red al­ong the lo­wer re­a­ches of Wil­son S­treet? So­me­bo­dy emp­tied a re­cy­cle bag in the bus­hes to ma­ke a bed, mo­re than a y­e­ar ago. The mess is still the­re. I ha­ve pho­ned to re­port this, to no a­vail.

I am part of the neig­hbour­hood wa­tch and, du­ring my nig­ht pa­trol, see how ma­ny s­treet lig­hts are out, al­so for a­ges. One on the south cor­ner of George Rex Dri­ve and Wil­son has been out for o­ver a y­e­ar, too.

W­he­re are our in­cre­a­sed rates being spent, ple­a­se tell me? Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty re­sponds: We thank Mr Lyons-Le­wis for his in­te­rest sho­wn in our town.

Law en­for­ce­ment te­ams col­lect the shop trol­leys, which are then ta­ken to our to stora­ge fa­ci­li­ty w­he­re they are kept. The re­le­vant su­per­mar­ket then pays a fee to ha­ve t­he­se re­le­a­sed.

The mat­ter of va­grants is a so­ci­oe­co­no­mic chal­len­ge not li­mi­ted to Knys­na. Within our li­mi­ted re­sour­ces we try to de­al with this is­sue; our law en­for­ce­ment te­ams do dai­ly pa­trols and re­mo­ve the va­grants you re­fer to.

In ad­di­ti­on, the Knys­na Ba­sin Pro­ject re­cent­ly per­for­med a cle­a­nup al­ong the ver­ges of lo­wer Wil­son S­treet. A con­trac­tor has furt­her been ap­poin­ted by the Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty to fo­cus on re­fu­se and lit­ter. This con­trac­tor com­men­ced on Wed­nes­day 1 No­vem­ber in Ward 9.

Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­lid was­te de­part­ment runs va­ri­ous e­du­ca­ti­o­nal pro­gram­mes in s­chools. Ex­am­ples in­clu­de was­te e­du­ca­ti­on in G­re­a­ter Knys­na s­chools as part of the Ar­bor Week a­wa­re­ness in Sep­tem­ber. In Oc­to­ber, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty furt­her pro­vi­ded a cle­a­nup cam­paign with the Sed­ge­field and sur­roun­ding a­rea’s s­chools. We are furt­her in­vol­ved in a “bio brick” cam­paign in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Bi­oWi­se.

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