Vote against Maiden’s Cove development

2015-07-14 06:00

I have a concern which not only affects locals, but visitors to the Cape, as well as tourists.

My concern is the sale and development of council property along the Atlantic Seaboard which includes Clifton and surrounds, in particular Maiden’s Cove.

Maiden’s Cove is the only non-paying braai area along the coastline.

It is safe, has two tidal pools, kiddies’ pool and jungle gym, and is patrolled regularly by law enforcement and lifeguards. It is extremely popular. During summer it is packed and one has to arrive early to obtain parking and a braai spot.

Historically Maiden’s Cove was one of the very few recreation areas along the Atlantic Seaboard which people of colour could frequent and enjoy.

People from all over the city and surrounds including Bo-Kaap, Athlone, Grassy Park, Elsies River, Belville, Kuilsriver, Kraaifontein, Bonteheuwel, Manenberg, to name a few suburbs, regularly visit Maiden’s Cove.

For decades it has been a very popular destination as an excursion for the elderly, end of year functions for companies and sporting codes, birthday parties, school outings, team building exercises, weddings, photo shoots and so on…or just a place to unwind.

Maiden’s Cove is now under threat of being sold off by the council for private development.

This sale not only adversely affects residents within the immediate surrounds, but Cape Town as a whole.

People must be made aware and may lodge their disapproval of this development.

Should the Maiden’s Cove development be allowed to go ahead, I can foresee a dramatic drop in support for the local government amongst those who have for decades enjoyed visiting Maiden’s Cove

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