The scourge of illegal dumping taking place in an open space on the border of Parkgate and Mountview reared its ugly head, prompting local councillor and church members to roll up their sleeves and declare the site a no dumping zone recently.
Infuriated by the illegal dumping, members and Ward 106 councillor Johnson Chetty collected chunks of refuse and erected several no dumping sings.
The open space had been a cause of concern for years as it is a home for a variety of different birds and animal species.
Locals were enraged that the illegal dumping, due to the insensitivity of certain members of the community, is threatening the fragile ecosystem prevalent at the site of a stream.
“Despite notices, people have subsequently dumped things like refuse from a factory, tuckshop and general household refuse.
I believe that this is in line of the general trend of lawlessness in this country .Some people have no sense of abiding to the laws and by -law regulations .These people are a step away from ruining our environment,” said Cllr Chetty.
He added that law enforcement agencies need to be more proactive in identifying these criminals and fining them to serve as a deterrent.
“We are the custodians of nature. Plant and animal life depend on people to allow them to live in an environment that is conducive to healthy life.
Sadly , as a society, we are failing. People that live in our midst are the culprits. People who turn a blind eye to wrongdoings are equally complicit,” said Cllr Chetty.
A member of the community Trisha Singh commended the joint initiative adding that they hope that the community will abide to the sings to keep the area clean.
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