Indicators on for parking area

2017-06-06 06:00

Two proposals for the rehabilitation of open space at the Kalk Bay harbour have been presented to the public.

The City of Cape Town’s transport and urban development department is proposing to formalise the existing parking area on the eastern side of the railway line and south of Kalk Bay harbour, known as “the Point” (“Proper parking part of plan”, People’s Post, 16 May).

It is proposed that an area of 3600m² be resurfaced. An area of 3100m², next to the parking, would be set aside as a recreational area and be rehabilitated and upgraded, according to the proposal.

City officials presented two concepts to the community at a public meeting on Monday 29 May. In both concept drawings the extent of the proposed rehabilitated parking area is the same, but the extent of the stone cobbling in the recreational area differs, explains Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South).

“The intention for the additional stone cobbling was to increase the versatility of the area which could be used on occasion for overflow parking, markets, fairs, exhibitions or other community events,” he explains.

Tony Trimmel, chairperson of the Kalk Bay and St James Ratepayers’ Association, says a wide interest base was represented at the meeting, with residents of surrounding suburbs also present.

He adds that the proposals bring the opportunity for a previously uncared-for space to be upgraded, and the area proposed for a market would bring economic opportunities.

At the public meeting, there “was overwhelming support from the community for the proposals”, Andrews says.

“Some suggestions were made with regards to the operational phase of the development and some comments with regards to pros and cons of the two alternatives presented,” he says.

City officials will next put out a basic assessment report for public review over a 30-day period.

“During the review phase there may be additional comments received which may influence the final design. The final basic assessment report will be submitted to the provincial authorities, the department of environmental affairs and development planning for environmental authorisation. It is anticipated that the public review of the basic assessment report will be in early July.”

Funding for the project can only be sought when the estimated costs are known, says Andrews.

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