Preservation plan started

2016-02-09 06:00

The Green Point Ratepayers and Residents’ Association has applied to Heritage Western Cape for heritage status for the Green Point common.

The proposal nominates the Green Point common, to be given a grade 2 status and declared a provincial heritage site.

The erf already has heritage status because it includes elements that are over 60 years old and other heritage-worthy features – such as buildings, sports fields, traditions and tree plantings – and is associated with existing provincial heritage sites, says Antonia Malan, who prepared the application on behalf of the Association.

“We are proposing that the common as a whole is declared and protected as a cultural and scenic heritage landscape. This would lead to an agreed and clear framework for management and making decisions about its future,” she says.

Green Point common is of heritage significance within a provincial, regional, metropolitan, local and site-specific context due to its high scenic and contextual, historical and social values, Malan says.

“It is a cultural landscape and living heritage – a public resource with well-established traditions of use that is utilised and enjoyed by international and national visitors, sportspeople and the entertainment industry, and by all the inhabitants of greater Cape Town.

“Components of the original common are already grade 2 heritage resources, such as Fort Wynyard and the Laboratory, and others have been recommended as grade 2 sites, such as the Green Point Track.

“Some are passionate about maintaining access to public open space, some wish to explore opportunities for green urban development, some want redress for past inequalities, while others want to be outdoors in nature – but almost everyone values the special atmosphere of a shared space that the common represents,” she says.

“Our belief is that by giving the common the status of a provincial heritage site, these many and often conflicting approaches and desires can be resolved so as to best retain and manage for posterity what is agreed by most to be a highly significant place.”

It is hoped the item will appear on Heritage Western Cape’s agenda later this month. Thereafter, the application can either be supported, turned down or more information requested, Malan explains.

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