Fix what’s broken

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RECENTLY I reported dangerous beachfront light wiring (“Beach facilities in poor state of repair”, November 21). Thank you to the electrical team for promptly repairing the broken wiring in the lamp poles.

I have repeatedly over time reported issues along the beachfront which I believe could be cheaply repaired without purchasing material, such as removing sand buildup on the boardwalk, and clearing overgrown pathways and gardens. This is an example of the response one receives: “The matter relating to the windblown sand is an ongoing challenge.

“If we had cleared it last week it would have been back last weekend with the SE winds. We are hoping to attend to the repositioning of the geo-bags in an effort to catch the sand.

“There are however no guarantees against nature. An alternative solution would cost large capital lay-out.” (Response from a metro official, November 18).

Peruse the attached photo and form your own opinion!

Why build a boardwalk if you can’t maintain it? Photographs indicate that this sand buildup is extensive and has for some time not been addressed.

Have you noticed pathways which need clipping, ranch fencing which needs repairing, empty electronic notice boards which glare at you like rotting skeletons and metal poles which once had signage? Apart from the aesthetics, the functionality of the boardwalk is compromised.

In several of the popular walking areas, the boardwalk has sagged and in some places the steps have sheared (near Summer Seas). This remains an invitation for a severe injury to one of our citizens. No one seems to inspect these facilities.

In a recent discussion with municipal artisans, I was informed they just didn’t have material to do their jobs. So just who is responsible? Can they justify their salaries?

Finally it would appear, my fellow citizens, that unless you complain, nothing will get done. The maintenance philosophy appears to be: we will respond where there is a crisis (if we have material), otherwise, roll on dereliction and a maintenance spiral which gets more and more out of control.

Rob Minne, Port Elizabeth

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