What to do with dunes?

2017-05-16 06:01
The future development of the dunes stretching for several kilometres in Rocklands is now open to proposals as part of a public participation process. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

The future development of the dunes stretching for several kilometres in Rocklands is now open to proposals as part of a public participation process. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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The future of the Rocklands dunes is now in your hands. As safety concerns mount, ward councillor Daniel Christians has opened the floor for suggestions for the future development of the dunes in relation to crime.

In recent months, proposals have been put forward to see the dunes developed as a remedy to crime.

The discovery of a body, constant drug trading and use, robberies, illegal dumping, squatting and also concerns for women who are heard screaming in the middle of the night in the bush have added to residents’ concerns.

Christians visited the dunes a few years ago when concerns were first raised.

“Many residents complained about the crime-infested dune. At that time, I had the council official from the environmental resource management office with me to address the upgrade of the dune into landscape features. Budget constraints and the lack of manpower by City of Cape Town parks, which was mandated to maintain dunes, made it impossible to do dune maintenance – almost giving crime a free fall on the dune,” he tells People’s Post.

Suggestions so far for affordable housing, clearing the bush through landscaping, creating play parks, public open spaces, recreation centres or swimming pools and removing the dune in its entirety have been tabled by residents.

As part of the initial public participation process, Christians held a meeting at the Rocklands Civic Centre on Thursday. This was the first in a two-month long petition process that will help officials decide on the future of the dunes.

Residents can sign the petition and give their input on the dune issue during May and June on Tuesdays at Christians’s Rocklands Civic Centre office and Wednesdays at the Weltevreden recreation office between 09:00 and 14:00.

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