- Nelson Mandela Municipal Metropole Parks Division
- South Africa
The following policy changes have been unilaterally instituted by Gerrit Strydom (E-mail of 8th November 2017) of the NMMM Parks Division without public participation.
• The Park will no longer be mowed from December 2017.
• All existing pathways will be covered in wood chips.
• Wellington Park will no longer be considered a play or recreation Park.
• The indigenous plant species Tribulus Terrestris (duiweltjies) will be systematically eradicated.
• The status of Wellington Park as a historical memorial area for use by the residents will no longer be available as bequeathed by our forefathers and will now be treated as a part of Settlers Park.
The Residents demand that the following policies be introduced with immediate effect :
• To reverse the recent policy changes made by Wellington Park management by amongst others, Gerrit Strydom of the NMMM Parks Division without a PUBLIC PARTICIPATION CONSULTATION PROCESS being conducted with the residents.
• To restore the verges, the entrance to the Park and the Park itself to their previous state prior to changes made by a local resident and that he desists from further development.
• That any future changes, including any name change, to Wellington Park policy be subjected to a public consultative process and an environmental impact assessment resulting in an agreeable outcome.
Other unwelcome changes taking place not mentioned in the above e-mail which are designed to restrict access to and the use of the Park and the verge parking by residents and visitors to the park.
• Gullies are being dug on the surrounding verges with the accompanying mounds of earth.
• Rocks are being placed randomly on mounds of earth along with old timber logs.
• Trees are being Planted to restrict use of the Park and the verge.
• Mowing of the verge is no longer possible due to the all the obstructions.
• The previously well-manicured verge has been degraded and now appears uncared for and untidy.
The Save Wellington Park petition to Nelson Mandela Municipal Metropole Parks Division was written by Save Wellington Park and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.