George Municipality under fire over poor city maintenance

Disgruntled resident: George looks like a garbage dump, definitely not like the capital of the Garden Route.
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George residents have complained that George Municipality is slacking when it comes to maintaining cleanliness and neatness in the streets of George.

Residents say George Municipality did not uphold standards in George over the tourist filled December.

According to George Herald the residents have highlighted vandalized or fallen road signs not being repaired, prolific weed growth along streets and on pavements, and litter and illegally dumped rubbish not being cleared.

George Municipality

One Wilderness Heights resident said a solution was neccesary for the illegal dumping.

Another resident suggested that a skip bin be placed near the affected area and people get rewards for collecting the refuse.

One longtime resident suggested that the money spent on Christmas lights be used to upgrade the York Street median.

According to George municipality’s communications officer Athane Scholtz, during the December holiday the volumes of waste in bins, illegal dumping and littering are extremely high, faster than the municipality can clean up.

Scholtz said the situation should return to normal now that everyone is starting work, schools reopen and tourists return home.

According to Scholtz vandals always target road signs and the behaviour worsens during the holiday.

Acting director of Community Services Radie Loubser said the parks section has been planting plants that require less water in certain areas.

George Municipality said they are considering improving York Street and other medians with the aid of businesses.

Residents can report complaints to the following numbers:

  • Littering and weeds: Environmental Services 044 802 2900 (82 Meade Street)
  • Road signs: Civil Engineering 044 801 9262/66 (old Absa building in York Street)

 

More: George Herald

 

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