How do you want to spend your tax money in Woodstock?

Posted on 22 September 2011 by Stefan Blank

It’s wish list time again!

The discretionary budget for Subcouncil 15 (which includes Wards 51, 52, 53, 55, 56 & 57) will be allocated in the next few months for the period 1 July 2012 – 30 June 2013, which means if you have something you feel strongly about, you have until 21st October 2011 to send it in. This is part of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the City of Cape Town.

If you are within the Upper Woodstock Resident’s Association’s (UWRA) boundaries (Nelson Mandela Boulevard to Melbourne Rd to Main Rd to Queens Park Ave), you can send any suggestion to UWRA head Roger Hislop (roger@reasonal.com) directly who will collate the list before sending it on. However, if you are in another area or you wish to send your suggestion directly, you can send any suggestions directly to Melany Levendall at the City Manager offices (see full details below).

Unfortunately the discretionary funds are spread over all wards and not just Woodstock, though last year, UWRA did manage to properly enclose the Victoria Walk park as well as upgrade the facilities there allowing dogs and children to play safely in the park.

Other priorities according to Lee van den Berg, head of the UPRA Aesthetics committee, are traffic calming measures as cars continue to speed through the Woodstock streets, though some progress has been made in some areas.

Personally, I’m wishing for a tram system through Woodstock. Maybe not today but…

Melany Levendall Sub-council 15
email: Melany.Levendall@capetown.gov.za
Fax: 021 531 3319
Hand Delivery:
The Manager
Sub-council 15
Pinelands Training Centre
St. Stephens Rd.
Pinelands
7405

12 Comments For This Post

  1. nicola Says:

    RECYCLING BINS (PAPER, GLASS, TIN) MORE OF THEM AND VERY VISIBLE PLEASE.
    PERHAPS UP AT THE QUEENSPARK FIELD AND CLOSE TO PARKERS SHOP ROODEBLOEM ROAD WHERE MOST PEOPLE PASS (STOP) ON A DAILY BASIS. NEED TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AS PEOPLE PUTTING HUGE AMOUTNS OF GLASS BOTTLES IN THE MUNICIPAL BINS. SO TOTALLY UNECCESSARY, BUT THEN MOST PEOPLE TO IGNORANT AND/OR LAZY TO DISPOSE OFF THEIR WASTE RESPONSIBLY. MAJORITY NEED TO BE EDUCATED AS WELL.

  2. Cecile Blake Says:

    Have to agree about making recycling easier and more visible. At the school in mountain road there are recycling bins available all hours for glass and paper.

  3. MARIETTE Says:

    ask majority of woodstockers where the recycling bins are, and they cant tell you. imagine just 1 glass bottle per household per week, how many municipal dumps does that fill ?!
    another issue needs addressing = DOG POO on the pavements. attracts flies, stinks, unsightly. introduce a fine system. on daily basis i see lots of owners walk away from the poo, and if one talks to them, you stand risk of getting assaulted. advertise fines on all the lampposts. and enforce it.

  4. Gary Says:

    Roodebloem rd is a thoroughfare for traffic between E Boulevard & Main St, it has the most traffic, the most accidents and the highest speeds driven both day and night, but alas no speed bumps! Off street parking for residents is a permanent hassle due to increased business activity in places not zoned for such. These are serious issues which needs some careful thought and an amiable solution so time to put on our thinking camps.. Mountain Rd is wide enough to become another direct access offramp and would both relieve the congestion and stimulate economic growth making Woodstock even a better place to live and work in..

  5. Leigh Says:

    Definitely recycling bins please. We use the glass one at the Holiday Inn, but as for the rest, I drop mine off at the UCT bins [which are very small] when I take my daughter to school. She goes to Rustenburg. Our bin on a Friday is one fifth full, I recycle absolutely everything, and have been for years. There is plenty of space in the parking lot behind the Holiday Inn for big bins.
    And yes, PLEEZ – let’s stop the dog pooh!!!!!! Every morning we have two HUGE mounds on our new, beautifully paved driveway – ugh!!!!! Not to mention all the pooh on the pavement outside our house. We go to all the trouble of trying to make our house look fabulous, only to be ruined by blooming dog pooh!!!
    Thanks, you guys are doing a fantastic job :)

  6. Jason Says:

    * Speedbumps in Roberts road (im sure most secondary roads running parallel to Roedebloem rd. require them)
    * No dumping signs (specifying the hefty fines payable) – Hanwell rd. is infamous for this.
    * Toilette facilities for the homeless. Yes, there are homeless people that live in Woodstock (particularly around the South Easter Cafe). They walk down to Hanwell rd. to defecate therein. Unfortunately this road has become a serious health hazard. Although toilets, may not be the only answer, something needs to be done about this street. Better paving with clear street signage and street light will make it look more inviting, hence people may treat it as more of a street, rather than an alley (which is what it currently looks like)
    * Woodstock Municipality needs to invest in better management of its street cleaning services, as well as automated street cleaning machinery. On many occasions, labourers have been neglecting their basic employement functions, i.e. cleaning the streets (see Hanwell street above).Of course, everyone is not guilty of this – thank you Mr. John Julius
    * A special thank you must go out to Cedric Thomas & Ricardo Beukes from ‘The Haven District Six.’ They have done some great work regarding providing shelter for Vagrants, with the little resources they have. Any possibility that some budget could be allocated to them?
    * I definitely agree with the recycling bins

  7. Dorothee Zaymes Says:

    My main concerns are dumping and recycling.
    -People need to be educated on the fact that cannot just dispose of their un wanted item any where, Hanwell lane is a very good example,it is a very narrow alley which is ideal to access Roodebloem road but it is always cluttered by something that’s was dumped in the middle of the night ( wood, carpets, bags) it is left there and the rubbish truck NEVER collects it, bergies will start to urinate, as well as dogs.. its just a mess.
    -Recycling bins need to be more accessible and visible to all.
    We need to teach the young how to save the environment so they can influence others.
    -Dog and human feces is also an issue, as mentioned above it attracts flies and those flies are a definite health hazard in Summer.
    -I personally would like to see the Woodstock Municipality patrol a bit more often, just so that they can monitor the areas which need to be attended to.

  8. DOT Says:

    Litter is Woodstocks biggest problem.

    Municipal cleaners should clean respective zones on the same that garbage is removed (because vagrants sift through dirt bins, and in most cases, tear them open, which causes a significant mess)

    Banning the use of black plastic bags in the area could help minimise this.

    Woodstock does not need more cleaners. It requires better management of its cleaning workforce.

  9. Jason Says:

    p.s. A tram system is a brilliant idea Melany

  10. Stefan Blank Says:

    INVITATION: PUBLIC INFORMATION AND CONSULTATION SESSION: TRAFFIC FLOW THROUGH WALMER ESTATE AND WOODSTOCK

    Dear Residents and Organisations

    As you are aware, the City has been investigating a number of complaints with regards to excessive traffic flow through parts of Woodstock and Walmer Estate. The City’s Transport Department has conducted surveys and has investigated these complaints and the Department has some proposals for interventions. In order to implement any proposal it is necessary that the City undertake a public consultation process. You are hereby invited to a consultation meeting where the Traffic flow will be discussed:

    DATE: Tuesday 8th November 2011
    TIME: 17h30 – 19h00
    VENUE: Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 6th Floor, Podium Block

    Kindly rsvp our office (email: yvette.coetzee@capetown.gov.za) by no later than Friday the 4th November 2011 for security and parking arrangements.

    Your attendance will be appreciated.

    Best Regards

    BRETT HERRON
    COUNCILLOR/RAADSLID/CEBA Ward 57 &
    MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT, ROADS & STORMWATER
    BURGEMEESTERSKOMITEELID: VERVOER, PAAIE & STORMWATER ILUNGU LEKOMITI YESIGQEBA SIKASODOLOPHU: EZOTHUTHO, IINDLELA NAMANZI ESITSHI

  11. Riyaaz Ismail Says:

    Councillor Brett Herron should ensure that traffic lines in the ward is maintained.And good quality paint must be used as the rubbish used by service providers needs to be touched up again in a few months.The City Council used to use good quality paint.Why be penny-wise pound foolish.

  12. Andrew Says:

    Talking to Riyaaz’ point, there was a great initiative which one of the community member drove within our street. The initiative was to have trees planted alongside our road. Unfortunately, the aesthetics/finishings look terrible. I am not sure as to weather this is due to cost cutting, or worker incompetencies (i fear a combination of both)
    Either way, Woodstock is a designated ‘Heritage Area’ and the Woodstock Aesthetics Advisory Committee has an obligation to enforce ‘best practice’ on this matter.

    Regarding community hygiene, unfortunately all the good cleaning work that gets done by the City of Cape Town will always be in vain for as long as vagrants continue to empty out dustbins within our beautiful neighbourhood – Can we not get municipal cleaning staff to clean up the day after refuse collection?
    This is currently a health hazard to all children that play within our streets.

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