First rock moved for quarry lease

2015-09-01 06:00

A process has started by which City approval is being sought for the long-term lease of the Strand Street quarry.

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A process has started by which City approval is being sought for the long-term lease of the Strand Street quarry. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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The process to gain approval for leasing out the Strand Street quarry has started.

A report has appeared before the Good Hope subcouncil to recommend that the City council agrees, in principle, to the leasing of the property for not longer than 30 years through a tender process.

This despite objections from the Bo-Kaap Civic Association, which says more detail is needed on the City of Cape Town’s plans for the property.

The site has cultural and heritage value and is due to be proclaimed a national heritage site. The quarry provided much of the stone that was used to build the Cape’s early structures and has a number of Muslim shrines, the report states.

“It is regarded as having national significance in terms of its historical association with industry, slaves and heavy labour as well as the development of Islam in the Cape,” the report states.

The Association says the quarry is the only available sports ground for the community’s use in the area and the property has been neglected by the City, “making it impossible to use and also attracting criminal activity and social problems”.

The organisation wants the City to keep the property and instead reserve it for community use.

The report states, however, that alternative sporting facilities have been provided for the community at the Green Point track, next to the stadium.

The land-use, environmental and heritage restrictions would have to be observed in any lease.

The report recommends following a two-stage competitive bidding process, which will first call for proposals and urban design frameworks and then involve the evaluation of these with a call for financial proposals from preferred bidders.

Ward councillor Dave Bryant stressed during the appearance of the report before the subcouncil that any lease should be sensitive to the heritage and cultural value of the site

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