As politician for what is designated Ward 10, his follow-on was a concern for only one road, Welbedacht Lane. The allocation of R423 700 is unlikely to cover the repair of just that road let alone the many in need outside it.
At the Mayoral Committee meeting half on Thursday, September 18 2014, it was revealed that the road maintenance budget for Knysna had been divided into:
- General Road Maintenance – R1.3m
- Gravel Roads – R1.99m
- Resealing – R1.62m
The Ward breakdown is as follows:
- Ward 1: R329 000
- Ward 2: R633 600
- Ward 3: R39 800
- Ward 4: R270 900
- Ward 5: R374 900
- Ward 6: R894 900
- Ward 7: R615 300
- Ward 8: R270 900
- Ward 9: R1 057 000
- Ward 10: R423 700
The good news is there is a separate project to re-tar Grey Street but that doesn’t compensate for a budget that doesn’t remotely address the repairs needed to Knysna’s roads. Knysna’s infrastructure is destined to continue disintegrating.
What gets fixed won’t be determined by Municipal staff but rather the Ward Councillors through their Ward Committees. That takes pressure off some and adds it to others.
In the case of Ward 10, Dawson’s responsibility, the Ward committee isn’t running. That means that one man will determine who gets what in, arguably, the town’s most important suburb. It may come down to who screams loudest. At the moment only Welbedacht is screaming. What if the rest start too?
You can contact Richard Dawson through:
- 044 302 6300
- 082 903 3091
For other areas, find your Ward Councillor’s details here.
Still dissatisfied, contact Mayor Georlene Wolmarans: