Wishing every resident a Happy New Year and a big welcome to 2017! I trust that we all had a well-rested holiday season with family and friends and that we are ready for great things in this prosperous new year.
The BNCF committee has hit the ground running this year with multiple projects commencing, including beautifying the Main Road and View Road strips, combating crime with proactive patrolling, removing the taxis and illegal traders from our streets, and more. The big focus this year (and for the next few years) is the fencing off of the suburb. We have been working closely with Stephen Margo (who is the consultant working with BNCF) at obtaining permission from City Council to fence off of the suburb. Dean Naidoo (Deputy Chair), Andre Brook (Head of Security) and myself will be focusing a lot of our time in the first quarter ensuring that we receive all requirements needed to obtain the necessary permission from all stakeholders involved.
For this to be a success we really appeal to all residents to cooperate with their relevant street captains who have been tasked to obtain important information from all residents in the suburb. So please do expect a knock on your door by your friendly street captain representative where s/he will need about 20min of your time.
Of the 320 households within the suburb, we have obtained information from 38% of the suburb. This means we still require information from 200 households. The information gathering process is by far the lengthiest part of this fencing application to the City. We appreciate your cooperation on this. Our aim is to keep you informed on progress of the project, outstanding requirements, estimated completion dates and, of course, all the associated costs. Join us at our public meetings for bi-monthly feedback on the project.
I really look forward to working with the rest of the BNCF committee members and ensuring we deliver positive change and a safer suburb for all.