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

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