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What does Gillitts Park Community Association do?

Gillitts Park has three pillars of activity:  

•The Neighbourhood Watch, 

•Community Building and 

•The Management of our Environment,

 These three elements work together to build a safe, secure, clean and green place to be.   

 

1.Neighbourhood Watch:

•A citizen patrol group has made an enormous impact on reducing criminal activity in the area.  There is a group of some 45 patrollers who drive through the area when most of us are sleeping, link up with our neighbouring patrol groups and respond with security companies and SAPS as eyes and ears when anything suspicious is seen.

•The Camera Project is totally up and running with 11 existing cameras.

•Communication.

  • To members and for the moment all residents who wish to know, this ensures the community is aware and educated with regard to security issues and also helps to build a sense of community and enjoyment in our area. 
  • We have bought into a powerful communication tool called the D6 Communicator system which makes all this really efficient, with no spam and allow us to get information to you more easily and quickly.  
  • Here is the link:  http://d6technology.com/downloads.php?id=7676 .   Please download this very small bit of software, either on your computer, or smart phone, or both
  • To the patrol group and linked neighbouring patrol groups.  This is via Whats App groups which are working extremely well.

•Relationships with Service Providers has ensured excellent service delivery and standard, well priced Monitoring and Armed Response fees for new clients in the area.

•Relationships with next door Neighbourhood watch and CPF structures helps in the sharing of ideas which work, and also provides information on “cross border” incidents. 

 

2.Community building:

Why you ask?  Well good neighbourliness is a vital key factor in security.  If you know your neighbours and what is going on in the area you tend to care a bit more.  Examples of opportunities to get together which we organise are:  Carols by Candlelight, the Spring Fair.  We also encourage streets to meet and have “street braais” to welcome new neighbours and get to know one another.  Most important is for us to have a database of all residents so we can send out news of interest and alerts!

 

3.Environmental Management:

Examples of areas which we ensure are kept clear of undergrowth and maintained are:

•Walking route for staff from Edward Drive to the M13

•The rail reserve area from Camp Road through to Ashley Drive.

•Ashley Dam – here Parks Department now maintain this regularly and a resident has donated benches for our enjoyment.

•Iphithi – we assisted in finding solutions and then ensuring the parking area was secured.  This clever solution was sponsored by a resident.  For those of you who don’t know, gate access is controlled remotely.  If you are an Iphithi sponsor then all you have to do is miss call the gate number and it will open for you.  If you are not you need to phone the number on the gate to gain access.  

•Sheila Place/Ashley green belt – this area is maintained by Parks, and the bushy area on Sheila Place is managed by a resident.

•Deborah Crescent – this steep area has been a hiding place for suspicious characters and now is a great place to visit.

 

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