Overgrown pavements endanger children’s lives

DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN: Overgrown sidewalks force a learner to walk on the road in Glensands Avenue, Regents Park.

LEARNERS are in danger of being knocked over by cars because of the long grass on most of the pavements in Ward 57.

Regents Park is an area that is particularly affected by this problem. Lee Ann Morgan, who alerted the COURIER to the lurking danger, said the pavements in the South are in a terrible state. “People have to walk in the road as the pavements are in such a state that no one can walk on them,” Morgan said. “This poses a big problem, especially with school children who have no other recourse but to walk in the road. I make special mention here of Glensands Avenue, Regents Park, which is a main road with primary schools on either side, WH Coetzer and Regents Park Primary. Children have to walk in the road to get to school.

“East Road leading to Glensands Avenue is just as bad,” Morgan added. “They cut the grass there, however so badly that people still resort to walking in road.”

Morgan said it is a miracle that a child hasn’t been killed yet.

Ward 57 Clr Faeeza Chame said she is as frustrated as the residents with the long grass in the area. “On numerous occasions I have spoken to City Parks, they in return will refer me to the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA),” Chame said. “The grass at the council units and retirement villages are an eyesore.

“I am not going to make excuses for any department, but the reality is that there is no budget to pay the contractors,” Chame said. “Money that was made available by the city had to cover the previous backlog.

“City Parks covers all parks, JRA covers the sidewalks, and housing is responsible for council unit and retirement villages. All the departments are aware of the urgency in our communities to cut the grass,” she said.

A media inquiry was sent to City Parks and the JRA. No response had been received by the time of publication.

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Lucky Thusi
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