Extra levies fail to pay off for suburb

Richmond Hill residents wait for promises of cleanliness, safety to be fulfilled

Property owners of Port Elizabeth’s Richmond Hill have been paying an extra levy for increased security and cleanliness in the past eight months, but they have yet to see visible improvements in the Central suburb.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has not paid over the money to the Richmond Hill SRA non-profit company which is meant to manage the funds and implement a business plan developed for the area.

Special Rating Areas (SRAs) are designated parts of the city where property owners agree to pay additional rates over and above those levied by the municipality.

Residents of Richmond Hill have been paying extra levies to the municipality since July.

However, some are demanding to know when the promises of a cleaner, safer neighbourhood will be fulfilled.

In a letter to The Herald earlier this week, resident Simon Clark complained that services were “diminishing”.

-Rochelle de Kock

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One thought on “Extra levies fail to pay off for suburb

  • February 13, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    What should have been the flagship project for the MBDA and a proud first place for the Richmond Hill Residents Association, has been turned into an embarrassment for everyone except for the proponents of the concept.


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