All ears for ideas on open spaces

2017-04-25 06:01

Rashid Adams, ward 49 councillor, has opened his doors to ideas on what residents would like to see happen to their open spaces.

This is in light of City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille’s visit to Kewtown (“ City for her”, People’s Post, 18 April).

Adams says that those who have specific ideas and how to implement them should approach their ward committees and uses those avenues to communicate effectively with his office and noticed an example of how residents can transform hobbies into an active community upliftment ­programme.

“I had a group of people who approached me, young girls who play netball, there are probably about eight or nine teams, but they are all playing all over the show. I told them that if they are that many (teams), they can form their own union. This is the information I got from the administrators at William Herbert that you need around eight or nine teams to start one’s own union,” says Adams.

He adds that once the girls form their own union, then they have the opportunity to formalise the teams into clubs and enable each club to conduct their own ­administration.

“Once you have that done we then approach the City, because we have earmarked a piece of open space, just outside Block 2 (in Kewtown). I then suggested them to ask the City to give them the piece of property and we convert it into a netball court or two and we have a little clubhouse put on there. That is when we start changing the face of our communities. They quite like the idea, so I asked the organisers who came to see me a few weeks ago to set up a meeting with the other netball teams so we can get the paperwork off the ground and we can put the proposal over to the city,” Adams adds.

Adams also adds that there are two types of open space found within his ward.

“If you look between the two sets of blocks, we have got that the whole way around, but then also between the blocks, we also have the gravel spaces. So we need to consider if those open spaces can be used for something, because currently that is only used for dumping,” he says.

Adams applauds the community for their willingness to come forward with suggestions for theses spaces and commends them for taking ownership of their areas.

“What I like about the meeting is that the Mayor says that people seem to come forward with ideas, give us an idea of what it is you need and that is exactly what some people have done. Now we can put that as part of our proposal to the City, to say that this is what the community would like.”

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