2018 has come and gone in what seems like the blink of an eye. It has been a very busy year with many changes and challenges, not least is that of the drought that we are faced with. I would like to thank the residents of Ward 5 for rising to the challenge and doing everything within their power to save water. This is indeed a crisis and it is in how we manage it that will make all the difference. As we are all individuals, it is up to each of us as individuals to do our bit which contributes to the collective. And we have been doing our bit and please do continue to do your bit. We should continue as we have been doing and even though the restriction level has dropped, don’t change what you have been doing. It is in our best interests to continue to save and look at water as the precious resource it is in order that we never face a Day Zero again. Once again, thank you to everyone for doing their bit and please continue to use water sparingly.
There is much construction taking place in the Ward at the moment with walkways being attended to and certain roads receiving attention. The contractors have assured me that the area will be left clean over the coming holiday period. The contractors will be on site for two years as they attend to much of what is needed and especially the resurfacing of Woodhead Drive in Edgemead. This road I have pushed to be done for a number of years and am glad that it is finally receiving the attention along with mole barriers to further protect the road from caving and cracking.
The Dog Park in Adam Tas Road, Bothasig will shortly be receiving further additions in the coming months. I must again state that this is nowhere near completion and is not as such “ready” for use however, I have said that it can be used in the meantime as it is safe to let dogs off the leash and it is the only place that a dog is allowed off the leash.
I would like to remind residents that the IEC will be holding a registration weekend on 26th and 27th January 2019. This will be the only time that residents will be able to update their records on the voters roll. The IEC must get the voters roll up to date in time for the General Election in May 2019. They have therefore stated that this will be the last registration opportunity. It is important for residents to update their records, even if they were correctly registered last election.
I would like to encourage residents to stay safe over this Festive Season. Please join your local neighbourhood watch or set up a Street Watch so that we can all look out for each other. Also, report anything that you feel is suspicious to the Bothasig Police so that they are aware of what is going on and can plan their sector patrols around this.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Blessed and Merry Christmas. I do hope you will have some quality time to spend with your family and friends. My wish is that you will have the very best of New Years and that 2019 is all you hope it to be.