Parra beau­ti­fi­ca­tion plants up­rooted

Talk of the Town - - Opinion -

ON June 26, I no­ticed that four, as­sum­ingly, mu­nic­i­pal work­ers were busy re­mov­ing the plants on the traf­fic is­land at KFC.

I was not able to stop to en­quire what led to the re­moval of these plants.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, June 27, I no­tice that the up­rooted plants were just left there.

What is most dis­tress­ing about this is the fact that the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of that spe­cific sec­tion was a Parra [Port Al­fred Res­i­dents and Ratepayer As­so­ci­a­tion] initiative a num­ber of years back, with plants ob­tained Nurs­ery, Stander­wick Nurs­ery and Wood­bine Nurs­ery.

Labour was sup­plied free of charge, as was most of the plants in­clud­ing com­post and fer­tiliser.

The un­der­stand­ing was that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would “main­tain” it.

As goes with most of the ini­tia­tives in this town, it starts with a great idea by res­i­dents and no fol­low-up or sup­port from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

This turned out to be a great idea in the­ory and over the years this sec­tion de­te­ri­o­rated, as with most things in town.

A few times some dead­beat on the weeds that grew there. Af­ter a day, he would throw in the spade and call it a day, leav­ing half of the sec­tion cleaned and the rest full of weeds.

So, imag­ine my sur­prise when not one, but four mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees were work­ing in the area where over the past nearly six years they could not af­ford to spare one measly em­ployee once a month to main­tain it.

My ques­tion though is, what is the rea­son for re­mov­ing the plants and will those plants be planted else­where or thrown away at that mu­nic­i­pal dump that they can also not prop­erly main­tain?

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