Members of the Minority Front alongside community members and police officers.
Residents in Bradcroft, Phoenix, were elated when their plights to have a dense bush removed, were finally heard.
Residents allege that the bush is a haven for brazen criminals, who invade the nearby homes and pry on residents, who leave home early and return home late from work.
They say that they live in fear of being attacked and even killed.
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Speaking about the case, MF councillor, Jonathan Annipen, said that when he attended the arranged site visit, he was shocked by what he saw.
“When I got to Bradcroft, I thought I was overlooking a rain forest or a jungle. While I believe that the conservation of the natural habitat is important, it cannot be at the expense of the well-being and safety of the ratepayers. The area is not maintained by the Department of Parks and Gardens and therefore, criminals have free access to the homes of these innocent residents,” he stated.
He contacted the Department of Parks and Gardens and arranged for senior officials to attend a site visit with him.
“These officials agreed that the site needed to be cleared and assured the community the same would be done. I want to laud the efforts of the department and assure the community that the MF will always assist to help make sure that their pleas for help are heard. We remain a watch dog at all levels of government,” he said.
Cllr Annipen also arranged for the Health Unit to visit the area because he was told that snakes and other rodents were in fact breeding in this area.
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“The officials from the health unit did in fact agree that the unkempt area was a serious health hazard and that the relevant departments should intervene. The MF believes that the safety of our people is paramount. The parks department in the municipality needs to be more proactive. While we appreciate the swift response in this case, we are also concerned by the many other complaints we receive on a daily basis where areas are not being attended to,” he added. They urge residents to forward their concerns to their office in Gem City in Phoenix via 031 500-7580.
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