Enforcement of bylaws
Enforcement of bylaws
Dear Councillor van Dyk,
Blairgowrie has always been a very family orientated suburb with a large variety of land use. This ranges from a variety of shops and businesses on Barkston and Conrad Drive, as well as growing number of restaurants coffee shops and centres of education such as Lisof. While this vibrancy is good for the suburb as it offers opportunities for employment and entertainment to its residents it has also resulted in a growing number of displaced persons who are congregating and even erecting informal shelters in the open space on the intersection of Barkston and Conrad Drive, in the open area next to the municipal swimming pool on Conrad Drive, as well as in Delta Park itself.
The impact on the value of the properties in the area is significant. Each and every home owner as rate payers and tax payers, have the right to expect the city and JMPD to uphold the bylaws and maintain the public areas.
The area is experiencing a significant and visible degradation which includes, but is not limited to:
1. Displaced persons; previous complaints about these have been made and some action has been taken but the problem is recurring. A large number of homeless people have settled on the intersection of Conrad and Barkston and the open area adjacent to the public swimming pool on Conrad Drive. This has reached the level where the use of the pavement as a public toilet may soon create a public health risk to the residents and non-residents alike that would like to use these pavements. While we empathise with their situation, they need to be accommodated elsewhere the Council’s urgent attention is required to providing a public shelter, toilets and showers, to address the needs of the displaced as well as reducing public urination in the street.
2. Waste pickers using the area around the Pinegowrie Post Office to sort the recycling they collect. They set up a permanent sorting area against the wall of the post office which JMPD dispersed, however, they have simply moved to the open area opposite Talisman's Tool Hire and reside there on a permanent basis. Whilst these individuals perform a valuable service, it is the city's responsibility to provide designated sorting depots.
3. Public inebriation and violence: As a result of the increased number of displaced people in the area, drinking in public is common as well as violence and fighting.
4. Litter: As a result of the situation the area is covered in litter. There are residents who are running an informal feeding scheme using polystyrene packaging that is discarded on the ground and the area has become dirty and unsightly.
4. Piles of bedding and belongings: There are permanent and growing piles of bedding and belongings stacked up at various points.
5. Increased Crime such as cable theft, theft of light fittings off walls, scamsters who go door to door, muggings and housebreaking.
6. Informal trade: The post office area has a burgeoning number of informal traders who have set up shop. This varies from the sale of plants, sweets , snacks and cigarettes, to what appears to be a carwash / car repair operation.
As rate payers and residents, we request your assistance in containing and resolving this unsustainable situation.