Parade to get panel

2017-04-18 06:01

A steering committee to improve the management of the Grand Parade is being set up.

It will be formed to work closely with the City Hall steering committee to ensure a coordinated approach to refurbishing and maintaining these two city icons, says Stuart Diamond, Mayco member for assets and facilities management.

The City Hall steering committee – comprising internal and external roleplayers – will drive the building’s refurbishment plan, which will see R27m invested over the next three financial years.

The steering committee will also ensure that the facility is brought up to standard within the current building codes, without compromising its heritage significance (“City Hall gets R27m upgrade,” People’s Post, 14 February).

The Grand Parade is the City’s main place of public gathering, serving as a landmark meeting point both historically and currently, says Diamond.

In 2014, a R1m upgrade was planned to improve the lighting along the parade and replace the old bollards with new, collapsible ones (“R1m upgrade planned for city landmark”, People’s Post, 2 September 2014).

Police have also in the past raised their concerns over crime at the Grand Parade (“Leasing system reviewed”, People’s Post, 10 March 2015).

The Grand Parade steering committee will also ensure appropriate innovative and efficient management systems are adopted and provide a forum for discussion and recommendation regarding the Grand Parade.

It will also ensure the environmental and heritage assets of the City are not damaged or endangered, Diamond explains.

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