'Corrective measures' after traffic fiasco at Waterfront

SWAKOPMUND

09 March 2018 | Local News

Erwin Leuschner

The Swakopmund town council has admitted that there are indeed “some merits” to various concerns raised by residents surrounding the Platz am Meer shopping mall located in Vineta.

One major concern is the increased traffic volume which has become “unacceptable and unsustainable”.

A discussion surrounding the predicament at the Waterfront, which was officially opened in September 2016, was held at the recent town council meeting. This followed after local resident Buffy Tebbit had raised various concerns in a letter dated 12 July 2017. Many residents in that area share her sentiment.

“After receipt of the letter a joint inspection of the said conditions were performed by officials from the concerned departments to establish the validity of concerns, and it was found that there are some merits in the concerns raised,” it states in the agenda of the meeting.

In her letter Tebbit raises three points, the main one being domestic vehicle traffic passing through the residential neighbourhood which has increased “beyond all acceptable and sustainable levels”.

The same applies for commercial heavy goods vehicles passing through the residential neighbourhood which is “in total disregard of the safety of the residential community”.

Due to the increased traffic volumes Tebbit argues that the residential roads are no longer safe for children, cyclists and pedestrians. Another bone of contention is the fact that some residents have to reverse out of their driveways into heavy traffic and heavy vehicles, which have no regard for smaller vehicles.

She furthermore states that activities at the centre bring harm to health and are a serious detriment to the residential neighbourhood, as increased windblown refuse leads to pollution of the area.

According to the agenda the issue at hand was “exhaustively discussed”. To address these issues the town council decided to investigate the development of a coastal road to the Waterfront. In the meantime the traffic section will engage in a road safety upgrade (signage) of the roads in residential areas.

In addition council decided that a temporary truck port be developed elsewhere in Swakopmund to “eradicate the nuisance created by heavy weight vehicles passing through residential areas outside normal business hours”.

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