Cycle race 9 and 10 February 2019 – Street closure complaints
We regret to advise no meaningful progress was made since our last update, other than a steady stream of complaints having been lodged by members.
The matter was therefore referred to the Tshwane Metro in a final attempt to address the issues our members raised.The communiction was received by the Metro. A copy is inserted for your kind attention;
“Thanks again for your efforts to entertain our members concerns regarding the above.
As you are aware, the public was only made aware of is that street closures were planned when notices started to appear on the streets about ten days ago. No details were provided.
Our members expressed serious concerns regarding the legitimacy of total closures, the safety of residents and participant cyclists, the failure to acknowledge or provide the right of residents to safe access and egress to and from their properties as well as the failure of the organisers to communicate, which is a legal imperative. The same organisers were involved in a trial run in January, which resulted in many complaints.
Due to your immediate actions we were invited to attend your meeting with the organisers.
At the meeting the organisers acknowledged their failure to communicate. This cannot be cured. Nevertheless the parties agreed on a number of steps to be taken to protect all during the event planned for February. This was all minuted. We high light some of the critical issues on which consensus was reached.
1. Residents rights to access and egress was acknowleged.Organisers to provide member passes.
2. The defective notices in the streets were to be replaced. The notices had to state only lane closures would be permitted, that resident passes would be provided and a contact number to arrange for passes.
3. The racers would only complete one round over Tom Jenkins drive on Saturday and and Sunday respectively. These would only mean a possible 1 hour closure of Tom Jenkins in the late afternoon for the rest of the day it would be accessible to residents.
We have tried our utmost to secure timeous implementation if the agreement reached on 1 February. This has been met with resistance;
As at this morning the notices remain unchanged, in spite of subsequent new undertakings. It’s now less than two days before the event.
Tokens /passes finally became available yesterday afternoon. So far no assurances were given that the window for getting passes would be extended and no telephone number was made available to those who can’t uplift tokens.
Tom Jenkins would now have several rounds on Sunday.
We write this letter to alert the Traffic Police and the Tshwane Metro and to record what we believe to be as an unsatisfactory and frustrating outcome. It’s not our intention to engage in trilateral correspondence with the organisers as it would serve no purpouse.In fact, we were emphatically requested not to send further reminders and concerns to them. They call our interventions “nonsense”. They say they “noted” our concerns which they say they are in the process of fixing
Turning to what was agreed with us and the traffic police they believe if they miss one or two of the issues that we agreed “the earth won’t stop spinning”
We leave the matter in your hands, with all our rights reserved.
Chair Arcadia Residents Association”
We will advise any further developments