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Woodstock residents' concerns raised over building of low-cost housing

A flyer has been doing the rounds on social media, calling on residents to 'make their voices' regarding the City of Cape Town's plan to develop social housing units.

A flyer has been doing the rounds on social media, calling on residents to 'make their voices' regarding the City of Cape Town's plan to develop social housing units on the old Woodstock hospital grounds and a park in Golders Green road. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A City Bowl ward councillor says some Woodstock residents have raised concern over the municipality's plans to develop low-cost housing in the area.

A flyer has been doing the rounds on social media, calling on residents to "make their voices" regarding the City of Cape Town's plan to develop social housing units on the old Woodstock hospital grounds and a park in Golders Green road.

The city is planning to develop affordable housing units on 11 sites in Salt River, Woodstock and the CBD, which will accommodate about four thousand lower-income households.

"Woodstock Residents Unite!" is the call printed in large, capitalised font on the flyer apparently posted on a fence surrounding the park in Golders Green Road.

There are two different flyers doing the rounds, but both have the same message.

The flyer says residents aren't against social housing but are taking action because the city hasn't consulted in a "considerate, open manner".

Woodstock ward councillor, Dave Bryant says while he doesn't know who's behind the flyer, he's noted concerns from some residents.

“I haven’t picked up a great deal of negativity. I think what it comes down to is that a number of people in the surrounding area are just wanting a little bit more information as to what the proposed plans are.”

Reclaim the City, a civic group highlighting the effects of gentrification in Woodstock, has accused those behind the anonymous leaflet of "bigotry."