Meeting about Edleen/Esther Park housing development project flops

Tracey Butler.

WARD councillor Tracey Lourenco plans a public meeting in July regarding the proposed housing developments around Edleen and Esther Park.

The land in question is opposite Pick and Pay Kempton Gate (Colin Paul Street) and the P91.

A meeting regarding the developments also took place in Birchleigh on Saturday, but was apparently not advertised well, resulting in only a few residents attending.

Present at the weekend’s meeting were Izuwelisha (town planners), Schuma Africa, Selahle Consultants (environmental consultants) and Pumzile Nyatla from Ekurhuleni project management, town planning and social development.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the environmental issues related to the land in question which has been proposed for social housing, comprising two to three-storey buildings of around 700 units.

Lourenco said: “Residents were very unhappy that less than 10 per cent of them had received notice of the meeting and that the meeting was not held in close proximity to the area where the land in question is to be developed. Dates and portion numbers on their notices were also incorrect.”

She added that she had raised a major concern namely that, as the ward councillor, she was not informed of the process and that this was not acceptable. Apparently this grievance was noted and Mr Pumzille Nyatla agreed to inform her as the process moved along.

She said the managing director from Selahle Consultants and Projects, Shonisani Selahle, noted that well over 100 emails had bounced back and did not go through to inform residents of the meeting. This was noted as not acceptable.

Several serious concerns were raised at the meeting and Nyatla requested that only environmental issues be dealt with at this stage as the basic assessment report had been done and was available at Kempton Park Library. The document was sent out to a few registered and affected parties.

“Due to the fact that the meeting was not well advertised and only a small percentage of the residents were informed, all parties involved agreed to hold another meeting at Laerskool Edleen in July – subject to the availability of the school hall. This meeting will be held to discuss environmental issues only and a further meeting will be held to discuss a long list of issues that are currently facing residents in the area,” Lourenco said.

According to her the land in question is currently still zoned ‘agricultural’ and belongs to the government. It still needs to be rezoned. The land in question was also earmarked for education as this is a major need for the community, she added.

“There are currently no new schools in the area and most schools are severely lacking capacity. Issues with regards to the wetland, frogs and graves that are on the site were raised as environmental concerns, and all parties agreed to give feedback on these issues at the next meeting. It is important that all interested and affected parties attend this meeting so everyone will be well informed,” Lourenco said.

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