Beach hut outcry to be heard ‘formally’

2017-08-22 06:00
A motion calling for a formal plan to address dilapidated beach huts on Muizenberg beach was submitted to the local subcouncil last week.PHOTO: Nicole MCCain

A motion calling for a formal plan to address dilapidated beach huts on Muizenberg beach was submitted to the local subcouncil last week.PHOTO: Nicole MCCain

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Muizenberg ward councillor Aimee Kuhl has called for a formal process to address residents’ concerns over the removal of beach huts on Muizenberg beach.

The call was made in a motion presented to the South Peninsula Subcouncil last week.

Over 1000 concerned residents signed a petition against the removal of huts. A social media outcry began after residents were informed some of the huts would be removed as they were derelict and a safety risk. The petition calls for an “immediate cessation of the removal plans” as the huts are part of local heritage. The petition also calls for a “broad plan to address the maintenance of the beach huts and the social ills affecting the area holistically” as well as “thorough consultation with the community” (“Storm over beach huts”, People’s Post, 8 August).

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, previously told People’s Post that the beach huts were an “iconic part of the Cape Town landscape”. He confirmed that the huts at Surfer’s Corner would not be removed, although he said discussions on the future of the huts on the eastern side of the beach were underway, as they were in a state of disrepair and pose security risks.

Kuhl’s motion states that “bathing boxes are a part of our heritage and will remain a part of Muizenberg beach” and the current status of these huts “is unacceptable”. “The boxes must add public value, be functional, well-maintained and offer value and be financially self-sustaining. Officials need to be tasked to develop a plan which includes engaging with stakeholders, final numbers and configurations of boxes as well as management, use, standards, etc.” the motion states.

Kuhl calls for time to be allocated to address the issue in the long term and for City officials to present a draft plan for the huts in November.

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