High-grade promenade

2015-04-30 16:29

The Sea Point promenade may receive the highest heritage grading. This if the City of Cape Town makes good on a recommendation that the popular open space will be graded as a 3A heritage resource.

A heritage impact assessment of the promenade was recently carried out as part of a multi-million rand upgrade.

The promenade has not been graded in the past, says Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport.

“The heritage impact assessment proposed that the promenade be graded as a Grade 3A facility. This proposal was accepted by the City of Cape Town and we will capture it on our heritage database as such,” he says.

However, the City is still waiting for the comments and the record of decision from Heritage Western Cape on the assessment submitted to them, Herron says.

Grading the promenade will recognise the environmental quality and cultural significance of the space, says Seafront for All spokesperson Janey Ball.

“In placing the promenade on the provincial heritage register, it will formally recognise the great democratic space that the promenade has become,” she says.

The promenade is a vital resource for residents and visitors alike, says Derek Salter, outgoing chairperson of the Sea Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay Ratepayers’ Association.

“We welcome any developments which help to make people understand the importance of this asset, its history as well as its use for today and into the future. The upgrade taking place at present is an ideal opportunity to make it a world-class facility for generations to come,” he says.

The grading will also establish a clear basis for official responsibility and public expectation, Ball says.

“We trust, when incorporated into the City’s zoning scheme, that the promenade’s classification will unequivocally protect the space against commercial development,” she says.

The assessment also suggested a heritage management plan be drawn up for the promenade.

Herron says this plan will be drawn up for the promenade as soon as a heritage practitioner has been appointed for the job.

The promenade is a “great cultural landscape which needs to be properly managed and protected”, Ball says.

“A management plan will help define appropriate activities and will facilitate monitoring thereof,” she says

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