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New gates open at Pellsrus beach park

15 July 2020

The Pellsrus beach park in Jeffreys Bay has been fenced as part of ongoing renovations to the popular picnic and braai spot.  

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the fencing project was officially handed over to the municipality by the contractor last week. 

"We would like to apologise that the park could not be accessed by residents ahead of the hand-over," he said. "The municipality received the keys to the new gates last week. 

"Both the pedestrian and vehicle gates in the boundary fence are now open and those wishing to exercise in the park, as per the national COVID-19 regulations, can now do so."

He said that while the boundary gates would remain open, the ablution facilities would be locked while the COVID-19 beach ban was in place. 

"All beach ablution facilities have been locked since the lockdown started and will remain so while beaches are off limits for recreational use.

"We would like to remind residents that public parks are also not yet open for recreational purposes but only for those wanting to exercise. This is in line with the national lockdown regulations."

He said the fencing was part of ongoing upgrades to the park, as per the ward priorities identified in consultation with communities and captured in the Integrated Development Plan. 

"Stakeholders living in the surrounding area had requested that the park be fenced as they were concerned that criminal elements, including those responsible for muggings in the vicinity, were using the park to avoid capture. 

"This was also the experience of safety and security teams during the recent festive season," he said. 

"It was, therefore, decided to prioritize the installation of the fence. Limiting access through the gates will make it more difficult for culprits to use the park as a hide-out or as a short cut to escape."

He said vandalism was also a challenge and urged residents to report suspicious activities to law enforcement authorities. 

"The ablution facilities at the park were upgraded at a cost of more than R250 000 before the festive season last year," he said. 

"Since then, the facilities have been vandalized to such an extent that most of this work will have to be redone." 

He said the upgrade of the park would continue this financial year. 

"The ablution facilities will have to be repaired, which will impact on how much else can be done this year," he said. 

"We will, however, be installing extra braai stands. The upgrade of the existing braai stands was part of the renovations that were completed last year."