I’m reminded of these lines from the well-known poem by WB Yeats: Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

The town is changing rapidly, we all know that. But surely the centre can hold. We can live in a safe, prosperous, inclusive town.

Over many years, community members have been lamenting speeding and reckless driving behaviour, along with the lack of pedestrian-friendly walkways, on Westcliff Road, a prime tourism and community asset. And it is getting worse. Much worse.

Over the festive season, it really did feel like ‘mere anarchy’ and both visitors and residents commented on how dangerous this road is to pedestrians and cyclists. Often it feels like a scene from Mad Max: Fury Road! Near misses are not only commonplace, but almost a daily occurrence.

There have been deaths and there will be more if this continues. In contrast, Mbeki Road – another prime asset – is safe and orderly. What a contrast.

To the Municipal Manager: Sir, please accept the challenge of positioning this prime asset for the future. An asset that is safe and accessible to the whole community.

How this is done is up to you – you and your team have the expertise. But make it effective, please. None of the half measures we have seen in the past.

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