Easier access to beach

2016-05-24 06:00

A management plan has been drafted to improve public access to Kommetjie Beach.

The City of Cape Town is in the process of seeking approval of its maintenance management plan (MMP) for the maintenance and rehabilitation of public access points and associated infrastructure along the Kommetjie beachfront.

Subject to processesAccording to the MMP, the beach is subject to various coastal processes including erosion, accretion and wind-blown sand. Further erosion is experienced as a result of trampling of vegetation and dunes around the access paths.

“Due to the historically planned close proximity of infrastructure to this coastline, roads and access paths to the beach are often either inundated with sand or undercut by erosion,” the report states.

The plan has been prepared to enable the immediate management of the windblown sand and looks to ensure infrastructure is protected and the remediation of the environment takes place in line with legislation.

“The potential implications of not managing these dynamics within the context of an already altered environment, are serious,” the report states.

The plan includes access points at the Wireless Road parking area, Pelican Place, Duiker Drive servitude, Seeliger Road, Kirsten Avenue, Surf Way parking area, Diemar Road, Melkhout Avenue, Forsyth Road and the corner of Benning Drive and Gladioli Road.

Some of these points may require a combination of maintenance interventions, such as the removal of rubble and gravel, the mechanical movement of sand, planting of vegetation, the installation of fencing and wooden walkways, and the removal of alien vegetation.

Open for commentThe MMP is open for public comment until Wednesday 15 June. Copies of the draft maintenance management plan are available at the Fish Hoek subcouncil office and at Kommetjie Library.

It is anticipated maintenance will commence as soon as the plan is approved.

V Comments, recommendations or input can be submitted by e-mail to beach.enquiries@capetown.gov.za; via post to the Coastal Coordination Unit, Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department, 22nd Floor, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town 8001; via fax to 086 202 8152 or via the online comment form.

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