Drama as res­i­dents protest over dump­site

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By SUE MACLEN­NAN

Ghost Town res­i­dents on Mon­day 7 Jan­uary bar­ri­caded the road be­low Su­gar­loaf Hill – the route to the Makana Elec­tric­ity Depart­ment, Hoogge­noeg and Makana Brick in Makhanda (Gra­ham­stown) – in protest against dump­ing in the area and poor ser­vice de­liv­ery.

A ma­jor clean-up led by the Gra­ham­stown Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, sup­ported by Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, lo­cal busi­ness and the Army, was con­ducted in May 2015. Dump­ing in the area quickly re­sumed, with some res­i­dents in the area us­ing it to dump house­hold waste. At the time, they said un­re­li­able col­lec­tion and not be­ing given black plas­tic bags were to blame.

Gar­den ser­vices, build­ing con­trac­tors and other busi­nesses made mat­ters worse by cart­ing waste to a gar­den refuse tip there rather than to the mu­nic­i­pal land­fill.

A group of res­i­dents in the area suc­cess­fully cam­paigned to have the site closed and fenced off; how­ever the dump­ing by both res­i­dents from other ar­eas as well as busi­nesses con­tin­ued on the open land be­low the fenced-off area.

This week’s protest was be­cause

Photo: Sue Maclen­nan

Pub­lic Or­der Po­lice ne­go­ti­ate with Ghost Town res­i­dents who block­aded up­per Trol­lope Street on Mon­day 7 Jan­uary in a ser­vice de­liv­ery protest.

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