Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty not re­spon­si­ble for poor ro­ads off Mait­land S­treet

George Herald - - Letters | Briewe -

P Eras­mus, Blan­co:

It has been ma­ny mont­hs sin­ce the Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty ga­ve any at­ten­ti­on to the sand ro­ads at the top of Mait­land S­treet in Blan­co, yet mil­li­ons of our taxes are spent on non-es­sen­ti­al up­gra­des

- such as are cur­rent­ly un­der­way in Ca­le­don S­treet. All that it would ta­ke is a monthly dri­ve-through with a gra­der to pro­vi­de re­lief and at no gre­at cost to the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty. So­me of the­se cur­sed pot­ho­les are 30cm deep and in pla­ces the ro­ad "shoul­der" has been to­tal­ly worn a­way be­cau­se of mo­to­ris­ts' at­tempts to a­void the cra­ters. In des­pe­ra­ti­on so­me of us ha­ve spent a small for­tu­ne in pur­cha­sing ag­gre­ga­te, but it is al­most in­ef­fec­tu­al as the da­ma­ge is just too se­ve­re.

And yet we pay our ra­tes and taxes! But for our hard-e­ar­ned pen­nies we furt­her don't ha­ve the luxu­ry of re­fu­se re­mo­val, which re­sults in il­le­gal dum­ping such as is hap­pe­ning on an in­cre­a­sing sca­le at the top of the squat­ter camp in Gol­den Val­ley.

In the last month, I ha­ve ma­de 13 calls to the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty and the ro­ads de­part­ment w­he­re if you are lucky e­nough to not ha­ve the pho­ne put do­wn in your ear, you le­a­ve a mes­sa­ge, but your calls and mes­sa­ges are qui­te sim­ply ne­ver re­tur­ned!

I ha­ve lost a bo­ar­der who sim­ply could not en­d­u­re furt­her da­ma­ge to his ve­hi­cle. A se­cond te­nant is thre­a­tening to le­a­ve as the ro­ad is im­pas­sa­ble. If I ha­ve any da­ma­ge, I will cer­tain­ly sue the re­le­vant aut­ho­ri­ties for the re­pairs. Pos­si­bly we re­si­dents s­hould all band to­get­her and re­fu­se to pay our mu­ni­ci­pal ac­counts?

Di­rec­tor of Ci­vil En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vi­ces, Reg­gie Wes­so, re­sponds:

Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty is un­der no o­bli­ga­ti­on to main­tain the secti­on of ro­ad poin­ted out by the com­plai­nant as this forms part of a pri­va­te ro­ad, i.e. it is not a pu­blic ro­ad and does not fall un­der the re­spon­si­bi­li­ty of Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty. This was con­fir­med by in­for­ma­ti­on re­cei­ved from the Sur­veyor-Ge­ne­ral and we will be hap­py to meet on si­te to cla­ri­fy the mat­ter furt­her.

The ro­ad off Mait­land S­treet that re­si­dents in the a­rea ha­ve to bra­ve.

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