Ashley Potts says Mitchells Plain residents who are being subjected to a “cesspool of dirt, drugs and illegal activities” at the business hub, which is rapidly losing customers.
“We are left to walk in a crime and filth-infested area because the City does not care. The dignity of our people is being disregarded,” Potts says.
He says Town Centre has also become a rubble dumping site, while crime has increased in the past few months.
“We as residents pay for services and stores do pay a levy but that is clearly not being used,” he says.
“I have not seen another CBD look the way our Town Centre does and this place which is so rich with history has become a nightmare. Parking is a risk, drug peddling is happening in front of stores in broad daylight,” Potts adds.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Councillor Eddie Andrews, says cleaning up operations are already underway.
“The City’s Transport and Urban Development Department’s Facilities Unit has EPWP workers currently assisting with the site cleaning operations since Tuesday after the existing cleaning contract came to an end at the end of April 2018. The City’s Solid Waste Cleansing staff are deployed more than once daily to the Town Centre.”
He urged traders and customers to stop littering.
“Currently it takes only a matter of minutes before the area becomes dirty after it has been cleaned,” he says.
Regarding crime, he says Law Enforcement will conduct regular patrols.