Dilapidated road irks La Lucia business owner

Marchiano Markoem, the manager at the hotel on Braemer Avenue has also expressed concern over the overgrown hedge.

A LA LUCIA resident has expressed outrage over the ‘appalling’ state and general lack of maintenance on Braemer Avenue.

Litter, illegally dumped garden refuse as well as an overgrown hedge and verges have made the plush residential road an eyesore.

Speaking to the Northglen News last week Mary-Ann Vandersteen said she has been in an ongoing battle with the eThekwini Municipality over the neglected road.

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Vandersteen, who owns a hotel in the road, said it was unacceptable that officials had allowed a tourist destination to reach such a dilapidated state.

“We regularly host both national and international tourists. Is this what the City wants people to see when they visit area? It is just an utter mess,” she added.

Out of pure desperation, she said they had spent one weekend doing some of the cleaning and trimming themselves.

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“We shouldn’t have to do it ourselves. We pay exorbitant rates and taxes for the area. The City should be taking responsibility,” she said.

One of the primary concerns for the business owner was the overgrown hedge, which she said posed major danger to pedestrians, cyclists and especially motorists.

“The hedge has grown into the left-hand lane and cars are forced to drive into the opposite lane. There have been three near accidents here already. Just this morning (Tuesday, 26 June) a cyclist was nearly knocked over. There is going to be a serious accident one of these days,” she said.

What’s more, she said there was also a problem with vagrants living in the vegetation along the M4.

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“Our guests often walk down to Glenashley Beach or to some of the restaurants down the road, but this has created a danger to the tourists,” she said.

Ward councillor Heinz de Boer said he was aware of the issue, and added that he had raised it with the Parks Department during a recent meeting.

“I am expecting action soon. I have urged the department to cut back the bush and trim the trees on the road,” he said.

The eThekwini Municipality had not commented at the time of publication.

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