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Councillor: City did not communicate

2012-05-09 16:21

Johannesburg - The rollout of a paid parking system in Johannesburg was not communicated to ward councillors at all, a councillor said on Wednesday.

"This is very typical of the city's communication procedure. We are never notified in good time. In this case, as far as I know, no ward councillor was ever notified," said Ward 117 councillor, Tim Truluck.

Earlier on Wednesday, the municipality said it met the required legal obligations when it established a paid parking system.

"We issued notes to the public and businesses," Pieter de Klerk, the city's legal representative, told reporters.

"In Parkhurst, questions were raised if it [public consultation] was sufficient. We thought it was sufficient, but the community wanted more engagement," he said.

Truluck said the city's communication regarding paid parking had been extremely poor.

"In some cases, I think the fact that we are DA councillors is part of the problem.

"We often find ANC councillors know about things and we don't. It's remarkable that the suburban areas where rollout is taking place are DA wards," said Truluck.

He said if the city had rolled the project out in "more suitable" areas first, the municipality would have been able to learn from the experience.

"In Rosebank's case, if rolled out properly, I do support it. In Parkhurst, as it stands now, I do not."

Truluck objected to there having been little public consultation, and believed the Johannesburg metro police were not the correct people to oversee the scheme.

"If they can't do it in Parkhurst over two months, I don't see how they can implement this city-wide."

Parkhurst Village Residents' Association chairwoman Cheryl Labuschagne "vehemently" disagreed with the city's assertion that residents had been communicated with before the project's rollout.

"There was no communication with our previous councillor Sharon Sabbagh. The contract was signed in 2009. There have been no communications whatsoever," she said.

Residents received notice of paid parking only the day before its implementation on January 5, she said.

"I have not heard a positive comment about it at all. In fact, people in Braamfontein have expressed huge reservations. In Parkhurst, there have been no positive comments that I've been aware of," said Labuschagne.

After welcoming submissions, the city had taken about six weeks to reply to the association's submission when the project was first rolled out.

The submission was turned down because "they had already entered into a contract," said Labuschagne.

The areas targeted for the paid parking system are: Braamfontein, Parkhurst, Rosebank, Roodepoort CBD, Sandton, Corlett Drive, Brixton, Emmarentia, Birnam, Melville, Florida, Norwood, Fordsburg, Parkview, Greenside, Craighall Park, Northcliff, Rivonia and Linden.

At the moment, tariffs are set at R8 an hour and R4 for 30 minutes.

No less than 74.8 percent of the revenue will go to service provider Ace Parking, and 25.2 percent to the City of Johannesburg. Money generated from fines will go directly to the City.

The system is scheduled to be introduced in most areas in June.

Comments
  • Dave - 2012-05-09 16:51

    Incompetence Par Excellence

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-05-09 17:00

    They are DA wards because the ANC wants to milk these areas and ANC areas will just resort to demonstrations and protests. Time to wake up and realise the ANC has committed itself to destroying the tax base at all cost

      George - 2012-05-09 18:12

      Sensible and cANCer-like conclusion. Dependent citizens are serial voters. Everyone on a paltry government grant, while the animals wallow in muck. Its the communist way.

  • Freddy - 2012-05-09 17:04

    The "best seller E-Toll" has not finished and now we have another "best seller" called "E-Parking" It too must fail!!

  • pmolesworth - 2012-05-09 17:35

    sorry for you... NO! we wont pay... you are not right ... you will not succeed... just wait and see African spring, one step at a time, the ANC is fulfilling an election promise, it is gwtting black and white to stand together and using itself as a target to get it to work Lmao

  • George - 2012-05-09 18:03

    Why would they. Its a scam hatched in darkness by forces of evil. The Parkhurst residents must bite the bullet and institute CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. ACE, NO PARKING, MOVE ON. IT IS YOUR SUBURB. If you need to start a fund for a court interdict, I'll be happy to send you the few hundred bucks from e-toll savings. Go for it! I believe JCW of 702 lives there! How can you lose. GO PARKHURST GO!

  • Chuck - 2012-05-09 20:00

    Are ACE BBBEE Compliant?

  • grputland - 2012-05-10 02:02

    How to beat revenue-raising fines: http://t.co/oi7FLNrQ . Or how to get your money back 100 times over: http://is.gd/fine_payback .

  • Lance - 2012-05-10 09:30

    The DA has the same system in CTN. Are they angry the ANC is using their income generator?

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