Residents near Kuils River Technical High School are upset about the development of an astroturf soccer facility on the school’s terrain.
Residents in especially Altenberg Street whose backyards are bordering on the school’s terrain and in Driebergen Street opposite the school’s main entrance, said they have had long term issues with traffic and taxis blocking their driveways, noise (music being played loudly) and security with learners occasionally trespassing on private property.
Residents say they were not approached by the school before construction vehicles arrived next door.
Some were at first excited to see part of the school’s erf being cleared as they thought it might be for additional parking.
Vernon Snyders said when he became aware of the work, he enquired with the school’s principal Quintin Pick who told him it will be an astroturf for five-a-side soccer.
Rodney and Florence Bingo said they received a letter from the school (dated 29 August) on Monday 2 September informing them of a meeting on 5 September.
They said the meeting was postponed on short notice to 9 September and apparently not all of the residents received the letters.
The meeting did not go well. Rodney said Pick started by saying he wanted to inform the residents of how the development will take place.
“I asked him whether this wasn’t the wrong way to start with such a big development – without any input from the residents who will be affected?”
Snyders consequently approached the Metro North education district circuit manager Francois Lubbe. Another meeting with a group of residents, Pick, Lubbe and two representatives of the school governing body was held on 19 September.
In feedback sent to TygerBurger the residents said ongoing issues they have had with the school were raised before but has not been addressed by the school.
This included ‘‘taxis dropping learners off standing around playing loud music’’ and “learners dwelling around drinking, smoking, performing other activities and tossing evidence into residents’ yards’’. They are worried about the level of control at the facility as it will also be used by external users and they feel control is already lacking.TygerBurger sent an enquiry to the City as the residents said none of the following aspects were considered:
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