Beach, walk remain neglected

2016-03-01 06:00

A lack of maintenance on the beachfront and Jager Walk was raised by the Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers and Residents’ Association at a recent subcouncil meeting.

Despite a site visit in June last year, maintenance of signage and benches hasn’t yet taken place, says chairperson Allen Rose-Innes.

Some of the concerns include neglected gardens, dirty ablution facilities, a lack of signage and damaged benches and umbrellas.

“We request urgent attention be given to the maintenance and upgrading of the Fish Hoek beach area and Jager Walk. This is particularly needed to cope with the influx of beachgoers over weekends and holidays,” he says.

However, local councillors have been expecting these issues to be dealt with in a beach management plan, says subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase.

This was expected to be completed last year.

Belinda Walker, Mayco member for community services and special projects, says a management plan to rehabilitate the dune area between the Fish Hoek beacon and Clovelly Beach has been commissioned.

“A need was identified for the rehabilitation of the dunes between Fish Hoek and Clovelly beaches during the course of last year,” she says.

“The sport, recreation and amenities department has placed a large focus on the development and implementation of dune maintenance management plans. A number of management plans have been commissioned, including those for Macassar Pavilion and beach, Kogel Bay Resort and beach, Kommetjie beach and Fish Hoek beach. These are in addition to those already approved for Bikini beach, Table View and Hout Bay.”

Monwabisi Resort and beach, Muizenberg beach, Sunrise beach and Strand have been prioritised for the development of management plans in the near future, Walker says.

“All such plans must be approved by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning prior to any works taking place on site. A public participation process is required as part of the approval process. Once approved, this plan will be implemented in part or as a whole, subject to budget availability.”

Maintenance has been a focus of the City of Cape Town, Walker insists.

“The City has placed extensive focus on beach safety over the past peak season. Daily maintenance and cleaning of beach facilities took place in accordance with the City’s beach standards. Upcoming plans for Fish Hoek beach include the installation of new signage and improvements of the benches along Jager Walk.”

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