COUNCILLOR Retief Odendaal remarks he is "concerned businesses will soon take over the predominantly residential area" ("Call for Fairview planning moratorium", September 30). This should not be a concern but a blessing.
One must look at all the spin-offs created by getting business into the residential areas, especially in NMBM with the legacy of having business placed on one side of town (North End, Deal Party and Korsten) and residential areas on the opposite side (Summerstrand, Walmer, Lorraine, Sherwood, Sunridge Park and Westering). Traffic will be alleviated as there will no longer be the migration from south west to north east.
The close proximity of business and residential areas will save both time and money for the residents.
Services will be utilised more efficiently and the whole infrastructure network can be smaller. Your peak demand electricity will not be as high as business utilises its electricity during the day and residential at night. The same goes for sanitation and water.
With today's health safety issues and IOS 9000 requirements, the workplace environments are much quieter, cleaner and eco friendly. One can have light industrial next to residential areas.
Good planning is essential, but a good business-residential mix must be implemented in NMBM to utilise the resources cost effectively for the better of the community. Councillor, carry on with your good work for the community, but don't stifle business as the cows will find another pasture and you will have fewer cows to milk!
Bernhard Wolf, Port Elizabeth