Fes­tive sea­son con­tin­gency plan is­sued

Talk of the Town - - News - ROB KNOWLES

The fes­tive sea­son con­tin­gency plan for Nd­lambe was dis­cussed at the fi­nal coun­cil meet­ing for the year, held at Can­non Rocks Beach Suite last Fri­day.

The plan is in­tended to ac­com­mo­date ad­di­tional per­son­nel and ser­vices that may be re­quired should some­thing un­planned for oc­cur. The plan deals with mat­ters in­clud­ing roads man­age­ment and the estab­lish­ment of one-way routes to beaches and around town dur­ing the New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions and con­trol points that will be set up.

How­ever, ward 9 coun­cil­lor Stwiga Njibana ac­cused the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of “racism” when it came to the way black peo­ple who vis­ited the beaches on De­cem­ber 16 were not af­forded the right to party in the same way in which they are al­lowed to do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, when au­thor­i­ties turn a blind eye to drink­ing in pub­lic and lit­ter­ing.

“I pro­pose that De­cem­ber 16 be treated the same as De­cem­ber 31,” Njibana said. Road con­trol points A to­tal of 18 mar­shals will be as­signed to the con­trol points that will be es­tab­lished in the fol­low­ing ar­eas in Port Al­fred:

In­ter­sec­tion of Muller Drive and West Beach Road as well as Muller Drive and Ori­ole Road;

In­ter­sec­tion of Hirtzel and Beach Road, and at the in­ter­sec­tion of Muller Drive, Wes­ley Hill and Grand Street, and Wes­ley Hill and Smith Street;

In­ter­sec­tion of Smith Street and Beach Road as well as Wes­ley Hill and Beach Road; The en­trance to the West Beach car park; The in­ter­sec­tion of Al­bany Road, Pas­coe Cres­cent, and the in­ter­sec­tion of South­well Road and Main Street.

In Ken­ton-on-Sea an ac­cess con­trol point will be set up at the in­ter­sec­tion of Eastbourne Road and Vasco da Gama Drive. Com­pli­ance with the law The mu­nic­i­pal­ity as­sured that laws would be en­forced, in­clud­ing a zero tol­er­ance for drink­ing and driv­ing or neg­li­gent driv­ing and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour.

Ac­cord­ing to the fes­tive sea­son plan, “a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach will be en­forced for drink­ing in pub­lic, glass bot­tles on the beach and drink­ing al­co­hol on the beach”.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity also warned that ve­hi­cles ob­struct­ing traf­fic would be towed away. Ca­sual staff Three ad­di­tional ca­su­als will be hired to as­sist in mon­i­tor­ing slip­ways and rivers at the Port Al­fred small boat har­bour, Kar­iega slip­way and the Bush­man’s River slip­way.

A to­tal of 20 more ca­su­als will be em­ployed to deal with road sur­face is­sues that may arise as a re­sult of pot­hole dam­age and a need for resur­fac­ing or grad­ing. These will be shared be­tween Port Al­fred, Bathurst and Seafield/Kleinemonde.

A fur­ther three ca­su­als will be hired to as­sist with sewage han­dling, in­clud­ing un­block­ing of lines, in the same ar­eas. Wa­ter qual­ity and quan­tity A re­port on wa­ter avail­abil­ity showed that dams in the area should be able to ac­com­mo­date the needs of both res­i­dents and vis­i­tors over the fes­tive sea­son.

The Sarel Hay­wood Dam (serv­ing Port Al­fred) was 98% full. The Mans­field Dam (Bathurst and Port Al­fred) was at 48% – this will be used if a cri­sis oc­curs – the Port Al­fred bal­anc­ing dam was at 51% (not good enough and needs to be filled), the Golden Ridge Dam (Bathurst) was at 75%, the To­po­scope old and new reser­voirs (Bathurst) were at 75% and 50% re­spec­tively.

The Mount Welling­ton Dam (Seafield) and its bal­anc­ing dam are at 100%. San­i­ta­tion The mu­nic­i­pal­ity will hire an ad­di­tional san­i­ta­tion truck and a pres­sure ma­chine to un­block lines to deal with the in­flux of vis­i­tors over the pe­riod.

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