A deteriorating service road alongside Laurie Road has got Illiondale resident Darrel Peters up in arms.
Peters said since moving to Illiondale five years ago he has seen the quality of the road worsen to the point where it has become a “disaster”.
Parts of the road are untarred and uneven, and in places it is blocked by various obstructions.
“The untarred section in front of my property is like a four-by-four course where I have to go ‘bundu bashing’ to get home,” said Peters.
He said his neighbours are also fed up with the situation but seem to have accepted it.
“I will not accept this. I pay my taxes and expect service from the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.”
According to Peters, the poor road condition has caused damage to four tires on his BMW, with a replacement cost of R5 000 per tyre.
“I can’t keep on repairing my car and replacing tyres.”
Peters said he has sent numerous requests to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) urging it to do something about the road.
Two years ago, he offered to put measures in place himself, even to buy the section of land in front of his property and repair the damage at his own expense.
Peters also wants pillars or barriers to be placed alongside Laurie Road to prevent misuse of the service road.
“During peak hours Laurie Road is congested with traffic. Some drivers make use of the service road to jump the queue. Not only is this damaging the road even more, but it’s also endangering the lives of pedestrians and other motorists.”
Shortly after Peters made his offer, an EMM staff member came out to take photographs of the service road.
Following this visit, Peters said he received a letter from EMM’s engineers declining his offer to lease or purchase the piece of land and pay for improvements.
The municipality also told him if any barriers were erected they would be knocked down.
“The reason EMM said it declined my offer was because Laurie Road was intended to be a dual carriageway in the future.”
However, he does not understand how a dual carriageway could be built on Laurie Road as there is a complex, Greenstone View, as well as streetlights built close to the main road.
Constructing a dual carriageway, he argued, would require a number of houses to be demolished.
Ward 18 Clr Heather Hart said Laurie Road was intended to be a dual carriageway long before Greenstone View was built.
The complex was built before she became a councillor, she added.
“EMM’s roads department has acknowledged their responsibility for the service road so it should be addressed,” Hart said.
If residents want to start a petition or another initiative to get the service road fixed, Hart said she is willing to assist.
“I need the support of the service road’s residents to address this matter.”
To contact Hart, email [email protected]
A communication was sent to EMM requesting comment by November 17 at 12 noon.
At the time of going to print, no comment had been received.