Rosebank to decide future

2015-06-30 06:00

Residents of Rosebank and Little Mowbray will meet soon to take forward a proposal to form a special rating area.

The plan has been in the making for almost two years and will reach a climax in September when property owners and ratepayers in the area vote on the issue.

The initiative is being driven by a combined effort of the Rosebank Neighbourhood Watch and the Little Mowbray Neighbourhood Watch. It is supported by several major businesses in the Durban Road area.

The two neighbourhood watches have drawn up a business plan and have carried out initial surveys among residents. There has also been one public meeting.

If at least 60% of the ratepayers are in favour of it a residential improvement district can be created. This organisation would be dedicated to enhancing security in the neighbourhood, improving cleansing operations and dealing more effectively with other endemic problems like homelessness.

The move is strongly supported by the Rosebank and Mowbray Civic Association as well as the Mowbray Community Police Forum.

Jonathan Hobday, chairperson of the two organisations, says experience elsewhere in the city has proved that the most effective way for communities to deal with the growing social and economic problems besetting their areas is through the formation of improvement districts.

The open meeting will be held on 15 July at Rhodes High School in Montreal Avenue, Little Mowbray at 19:00

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