Quarry toilet to be flushed

2015-05-05 06:00

Vandalism to a vacant building in the Strand Street quarry has prompted a proposal which will see it demolished.

The toilet block, which was formerly used by sporting clubs at the quarry, has been unused for some time and has become easy pickings for vandals.

The property has been linked to crime, with a 47-year-old woman stabbed and killed on the quarry slopes in 2013.

The site has also become a popular dumping spot, prompting the Green Point Improvement District to carry out regular clean-ups at the site.

Anwar Valley, Bo-Kaap Neighbourhood Watch chairperson, says the quarry is being used as an escape route for criminals and a security upgrade is needed.

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says: “The toilet block at the Strand Street quarry is currently not in use nor will it be in the future. Due to the lack of activity, the building has suffered recent spates of vandalism,” she says.

“To avoid it becoming a hotspot for vandalism and crime, the City parks department is currently in the process of seeking approval to have the building demolished.”

However, the proposed demolition still needs to be signed off through formal council processes before a date for demolition can be set, Walker says.

“Such a process involves consultation with the City’s law enforcement department, the problem buildings unit, as well as approval from the heritage resource management department before a full council decision is taken,” she says.

Ward councillor Dave Bryant says additional uses for the property are currently being investigated and will be presented before council.

Sanparks is currently carrying out risk assessment feasibility studies to explore using the Strand Street quarry as a tourism gateway to Signal Hill and the noon gun, which has a million visitors every year.

The project may include the installation of a funicular – a cable railway which pulls tram-like vehicles up the rock face – or a cable car similar to that on Table Mountain

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.