Tragedy in waiting
It has come to my attention through the burgesses of St James that the district of St James and surrounding areas have a "dangerously inadequate" supply of fire hydrants.
If a fire does happen water would have to be brought in via trucks. Take a walk along the streets and you would notice that there may be one rusty derelict hydrant if any at all per road.
Also, where there should be hydrants, there are capped off stumps creating an eyesore and a hazard to pedestrians.
Subsequent to meetings with council and senior officers from the Fire Services, I discovered that there was an order for new hydrants placed some time ago, but to this date that order was not filled.
I am appealing to the proper authorities to accelerate this process and facilitate our district with the proper tools needed to curb disaster.
If even a small fire breaks out it can quickly become an inferno. Our houses are all relatively close together and most are not modern structures. One simple spark may lead to a huge disaster and without the proper systems in place this may become a great loss to property and lives.
I am imploring that both the City and the Fire Service department take the matter of placement of new hydrants along the streets of St James seriously and provide the area with the proper facilities, bringing us up to First World status.
Councillor B Ramsuchit
St James East District