How to walk, or wa­de on Knys­na’s streets

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News - S­te­fan Goo­sen

The di­la­pi­da­ted sta­te of pathways, si­de­walks and wal­kways in Knys­na is get­ting so­me re­si­dents hot un­der the col­lar for not on­ly ma­king their li­ves mo­re dif­fi­cult but for por­traying an u­naccep­ta­ble i­ma­ge to tou­ris­ts who vi­sit the to­wn.

Two such lo­cals, Jeff Mi­la­chow­ski and Fe­lix Mey­burgh, feel they ha­ve exhausted their rou­tes of re­cour­se, and say the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty is ig­no­ring the si­tu­a­ti­on.

Ac­cor­ding to Mi­la­chow­ski, t­he­re are three pat­hs in Knys­na that need par­ti­cu­lar at­ten­ti­on. “The path al­ong the N2 at the cor­ner of Bok­ma­kie­rie (Old Pla­ce) is f­looded af­ter e­ven a small rain and pe­op­le ha­ve to c­limb through the fen­ce or walk in mud. T­he­re are pe­op­le li­ving in the draina­ge ditch al­ong the N2 and path ne­ar the sa­me turn-off, and at the top of As­se­gaai the path g­oes o­ver a small stre­am, but on­ce a­gain w­hen it rains t­he­re are pro­blems,” he says.

Mey­burgh’s beef is with the CBD. He points to the 100m strip of pa­vement in Gray S­treet south that re­pre­sents the main pe­de­stri­an rou­te from the Wa­ter­front to Main S­treet, w­he­re “hund­reds of tou­ris­ts” walk e­very day. “Its con­di­ti­on is u­naccep­ta­ble, es­pe­ci­al­ly as the width of 1m cau­ses pe­de­stri­ans in bu­sy pe­ri­ods to s­tep off in­to the s­treet to o­ver­ta­ke or pass each ot­her,” he says, ad­ding that he broug­ht the sta­te of the ro­ad to the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s at­ten­ti­on al­most a y­e­ar ago but that no acti­on was ta­ken.

Que­ries we­re sent to Knys­na Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, which ackno­w­led­ged re­ceipt but sta­ted it could not pro­vi­de ans­wers be­fo­re Knys­naP­lett He­rald’s print de­ad­li­ne.

P­ho­to: S­te­fan Goo­sen

The 100m strip of pa­vement in Gray S­treet south that re­pre­sents the main pe­de­stri­an rou­te from the Wa­ter­front to Main S­treet.

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