Samantha Wallace, Century City
Two further residential developments are nearing completion in Century City, namely The Terraces complex between Liberty and Curro School and The Water’s Edge next door to Canal Walk.
What are already two extremely congested areas, are going to see an added influx of cars and traffic, which is unthinkable to imagine.
The Terraces with its 150 units has its entrance in Socrates Lane which is shared with Curro School and a public car park.
Parents are already stuck in traffic jams trying to get their children to school on time.
Why this residential complex was allowed to be built at this location just emphasises the developer’s greed and lack of consideration.
Rumours were deceitfully spread at the onset that a coffee shop and a convenient anchor store was to be built there, but instead another huge complex will be joining the existing complexes, The Moorings and Ashton Park.
Better foresight was needed during the planning stages of the entrances of both the car park and The Terraces.
To alleviate the traffic at peak times in the morning, the entrance to the public car park could have been moved to Century Avenue, but changing this now would probably mean having to move the existing bus stop location.
The other overly congested intersection is at the overhead bridge at Waters Edge. Drivers who have bravely ventured or out of necessity, along the intersection of Century Boulevard and Century City Drive at peak hours, either trying to get onto the N1 or to Canal Walk, will understand the degree of the already serious traffic problem in this area.
With Waters Edge’s 144 units, carrying residents leaving or returning, this is going to add unnecessary fuel to an already fiery problem, and there seems no room for extra lanes to be added to help alleviate this congestion.
Century City is now bursting at its seams due to greedy developers who keep enticing buyers with last land deals, which sadly never seem to end.
What used to be a suburb sought out by middle-class families, for its centrally located position and choice of safe security complexes, is fast becoming over-priced and unattractively over-developed.