Getting a step closer to upgrade

2016-03-08 06:00
The Vesperdene Steps in Green Point are being upgraded after heritage approval was granted recently.

The Vesperdene Steps in Green Point are being upgraded after heritage approval was granted recently.

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Upgrades to the Vesperdene Steps in Green Point are underway.

The project, which was delayed for several months while waiting for heritage approval, is expected to take between six and 12 weeks to complete.

The project is funded through the ward 54 allocation budget. In the budget R125 000 has been designated for upgrading public pathways and stairs in the ward, says ward councillor Jacques Weber.

The upgrade of the Vesperdene Steps will include fixing the concrete steps. Should heritage approval be given, the steps would be tiled and the lower part of the steps opened for a better line of sight from the road, Weber said last year (“Upgrade of steps likely”, People’s Post, 11 August 2015).

General landscaping and paving around the steps will also be carried out, he says.

The steps are older than 60 years and therefore they fall into the heritage bracket. The removal or change of any structure that is protected by a heritage policy needs to be approved by the various bodies, he explains.

Heritage approval was obtained in the last three weeks, although there is a small section that still needs to be signed off, Weber says.

“We will be creating a safer space by lowering the one section of the front wall to allow for greater visuals from the road. There will be a new fence installed at the top of the steps and the hard surface around the steps will be repaired,” he says.

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