Clr Reid insists all efforts have been made to help the Windmill Park community

Windmill Park residents during a service delivery protest.

According to Reid, he made efforts back in 2012 for Windmill Park to have access to its own clinic.

“I added a clinic to the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for my ward but the council said they cannot build a clinic within 15km of an existing clinic.

“Just before the 2014 national elections, the MEC for health had a public meeting in Windmill Park and promised the residents that the province would provide them with a mobile clinic but we are still waiting,” said Reid.

In regards to the lack of schools in the area, Reid said schools are a provincial government priority that is not handled by the local municipality.

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“I have put questions to the provincial government about the rezoning across the road from Windmill Park in the Leeuwpoort development where there is zoning for nine schools.

“However, it seems the new schools are not yet a reality as the development is not yet approved by the municipality.

If it does happen, then three additional secondary schools could accommodate 3 600 learners and the six primary schools could accommodate 6 720 learners.

The reason why Windmill Park doesn’t have facilities for the youth is that there is no council owned land available in Windmill Park to build facilities for the community as replied by the Department for Sports, Heritage, Recreation, Arts and Culture (SHRAC) in 2013

In regard to the Leewpoort mega housing project, he said he did advertise all public meetings for the development which all residents are welcome to attend.

“Good news is that over 3 000 fully subsidised houses will be built across the R554 as part of this development over the next seven years.

“The residents are urged to go to the Boksburg Civic Centre and register on the housing register for the houses. I have made this very clear in all meetings that the DA has repeatedly asked the Ekurhuleni mayor to make public the housing list just as the DA has done in Johannesburg and Tshwane.

“It was included in my budget speech two weeks ago and the Chairperson for Finance, Councillor Godfrey Ngubeni said in his speech that he agrees with me and that the list should be made public,” Reid said

He also defended his availability as a ward councillor.

“It is news to me that I am not always available. At the last public meeting I had to leave as the community were threatening my life.

“They were demanding their electricity be reconnected. It had been cut off due to non-payment of municipal accounts. I advised the residents, those who apply, to register as indigents to get free basic services.

“Now that my ward committee has been established, we agreed to have our first public meeting in Windmill Park. The provisional date was set for Saturday, July 1, at 2pm in Windmill Park. Venue to be confirmed.”

He also pointed out that the residents are demanding a police station in Windmill Park, but he said this is a national government competency and does not fall under the municipality.

“The residents were also complaining that there is no taxi rank. I am happy to announce that an amount has been budgeted to allow for this project to be built over the next three years, starting, hopefully, in July 2017.
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Ntombi Sibeko

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