Battle on over Two Rivers park

2018-10-17 10:46

Residents of the surrounding communities that will be affected by the Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP) development, which includes the redevelopment of the River Club, were encouraged to submit their objections to make sure their voices are heard.

The closing date for objections was yesterday, Monday 15 October, prior to the tribunal hearing taking place on Thursday 18 October at the Protea Assurance building, Greenmarket Square at 10:00 where the TRUP will be discussed.

Affected communities include Observatory, Mowbray and Rosebank along the Liesbeek River.

Belisa Rodrigues, ward 57 representative for Mowbray and a member of the Rosebank and Mowbray Civic Association (RMCA), says: “The TRUP development sits on the banks of the Liesbeek River and on a 100-year floodplain. The massive development, similar to Canal Walk. will seriously undermine the heritage and environmental value of our area.”

This development has been in the pipeline for 10 years.

Since the proposal started several years ago, both the Observatory Civic Association and Two Rivers Urban Park Association have been against the proposed plan.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, says the City of Cape Town’s Development Management Department will assess all comments or objections received after the closing date.

“The applicant will have the opportunity to respond to the comments or objections, whereafter the City’s Development Management Department will make a recommendation to the Municipal Planning Tribunal (MPT). Apart from the recommendation, the City will also submit a report to the MPT. The report will include all of the public comments or objections, as well as the developer’s response to these.”

Chief executive officer at Heritage Western Cape, Dr Mxolisi Dlamuka, says they cannot comment at this stage as the application is still being dealt with by the City. However, he did indicate that this would be a serious matter.

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