Knysna’s charm at risk

2013-05-20 13:14
Knysna – Residents of the popular Garden Route town are alarmed by the proposed developments and the unwillingness by the Knysna Municipality to answer questions.

The Cape Time reports that Chris Mulder, Director of the controversial company Chris Mulder and Associates Incorporated and member of the Knysna Creative Heads Consortium, has been issued with the contract to draft the municipal plan determining where development can take place in the Garden Route Town.

Conflict of interest

While Mulder was the driving force behind Thesen Islands, arguably one of the best marina projects in Africa, there are those who believe that it has damaged Knysna environmentally.

According to The Keep, an organisation aimed at Keeping Knysna the way it has come to be known, short-term greed is believed to be at the root of the problem.

Mike Hampton who heads up the Keep said, ”Proterty developers may be pushing the boundaries to keep construction evolving but it is the responsibility of the Knysna Municipality to keep the checks and balances in place.

“The development of Knysna has been a disaster (this despite the fact that citizens could see it coming but were simply ignored)."

Knysna property market tail-spun

Knysna Municipality is being accused of failing to preserve and support what initially made it into the sought-after destination that it is. Instead large-scale development with insufficient infrastructure  is being blamed for the economic downturn in the town.

Issues listed by The Keep include:
-    The Pezula development
-    Thesen Islands development
-    The recent extension to the Knysna Mall

Residents lament that the town is now becoming more of a stop-over instead of encouraging exploration of the neighbouring beaches and lush forest.

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