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Shopping mall noise wreak havoc

“Enough is enough”. These are the words of a Milnerton resident who has been pleading for action to be taken against Centre Point shopping centre.

Residents in Knysna Street and surrounds have complained for months about noise emanating from the mall.

They say the problem escalated when the mall reopened on the corner of Koeberg and Loxton roads in 2018 after a complete rebuild. The property was earmarked for development in 2007 and torn down for redevelopment in 2011.

According to Richard Bohardien, a pensioner and Knysna Hof resident, their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

“When we moved to the area two years ago, they were busy building the mall. When they finally finished, that’s when the problem started. The loud noises from tenants and constant hooting of trucks and cars keep my family up at night. I’ve lodged a complaint with the centre’s management, but nothing has been done. Not long after, the gym opened. They usually open at 04:30 in the morning and just after 04:00, staff members of the gym hoot to gain access. Loud music is playing that time of the morning and echoed sounds of cars revving in the parking lot. The building houses several tenants who have to hoot to gain access. This is unacceptable and unfair to us,” Bohardien said.

It appears, according to Bohardien, that staff members and tenants do not have security remotes to access the parking lot; resulting in hooting.

The frustrated and fuming neighbours said approaching the mall and their local councillor was fruitless and nothing seems to help.

According to Bohardien, if Centre Point management is unable to solve the issue, they will resort to other measures.

He added, “Political parties have approached us with a possibility of a march, but before we resort to that, we are giving centre management a chance to fix this. The noise has affected school learners and working residents. They have no respect for our children and working-class residents.”

Another resident, Karen Mitchell, said that proper plans were not in place when the mall opened.

“The bottom line is the nuisance it caused us as residents, which has to suffer day and night due to the unbearable noise. How can you build a building and not have any access for your tenants?” Mitchell asked.

Despite attempts to resolve the problem at a meeting last year, residents say that nothing has been done.

Ward 55 councillor, Fabian Ah-Sing, said he met with some of the residents to find a solution. Ah-Sing said, “There is not a proper entry system in place for tenants staying at the Centre Point apartments. I’ve met with the residents and a solution was brought forward to install a new system for tenants to receive a tag to enter the parking lot. However, the centre’s management said that the process will take time as it is a private matter.”

Centre Point management did not respond to questions by the time of going to print.

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