Hibiscus Coast plans R117?mln for big changes to Margate centre

2012-10-29 00:00

THE face of Margate is set to change with the Hibiscus Coast Municipality’s (HCM) submission of a R117 million plan for the town’s renewal to the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Department.

HCM spokesperson Simon Soyobisa said that a conference centre was included in the list of additions and upgrades to the town in the final draft stage.

The plan includes upgrades to Uplands Road, Wartski Drive and the taxi rank; the creation of a market square; and the reconfiguration of municipal parking areas and of mall parking areas.

Around the central beach area, the HCM plans to develop a new beach park and children’s pool, a state-of-the-art information centre and a pedestrian footbridge.

It also plans to upgrade the Olympic swimming pool, develop a new public space behind the lifesavers’ station and to refurbish the beach promenade.

On Margate’s high street, it plans to establish safe pedestrian crossings and reconfigure street parking and sidewalks.

In the south beach area, the HCM plans an integrated beach promenade, an upgrade of the tidal pool area, a new restaurant at the fishing pier precinct and a promenade.

The acting director of planning and building control at the HCM, Welcome Nogobela, said that the municipality had engaged in an intensive study of the Margate central business district over the last 16 months.

“The study identified six priority projects to be undertaken to renew Margate,” he said.

Nogobela said a comprehensive public hearing was held to inform stakeholders such as the Margate Business Association, the taxi industry and municipal and government departments about the study and to solicit their input.

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