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A ‘dirty old town’

As you walk into Oxford Street from Voortrekker Road, there is a stench of urine and faeces, while the pavement resembles a dump site.

The site has frustrated residents and people who work in the area, who say vagrants are living there.

“What I see here is shocking. I have to walk past here every day to get to work. I don’t know what has become of Goodwood, but in my opinion the area has declined and now looks like a dirty old town,” says Cheryl Smith. “I obviously sympathise with the homeless, but honestly to have it look as bad as it does is uncalled for.

“When I get out of my car, the first thing I smell is urine and faeces. It’s disgusting. Who would ever want to start their morning off that way,” says the frustrated woman.

Jaymie Gates, who works in the same street, tells TygerBurger she has noticed that there were days when the area was clean: “For the past six months, there were odd days when it would be cleaned by council. Of late, nothing has been done.

“I’d assume that the vagrants receive items from residents as there’s also a worn out couch among the mess.”

Gates says she’s shocked at the living conditions: “The vagrants defecate in the area. I’ve seen faeces and it smells of urine. This has become a health hazard, it’s so unhygienic. I sympathise with them, but this is shameful.

TygerBurger contacted ward 26 councillor Franchesca Walker for comment, but received no response at the time of print.

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