The municipal court that was previously located in City Hall has now set up shop in the revamped Strand Street ConcourseThe City of Cape Town’s municipal courts deal specifically with municipal matters such as traffic and bylaw offences. The Cape Town Municipal Court has been operational since the end of January this year at its new location along the Strand Street Concourse.Fines imposed in terms of the applicable bylaws are payable at the court on weekdays between 08:00 and 15:00.The finishing touches are currently being put on the revamped Strand Street Concourse.The concourse – owned by the City and part of a broader network of underground walkways that are a pedestrian link between Cape Town Station and the St George’s Mall, Woolworths, Old Mutual and Golden Acre shopping centres – was officially opened as a pedestrian thoroughfare in August last year after a R40m refit.The concourse allows for protected pedestrian movement across the busy Strand and Adderley streets, Stuart Diamond, Mayco member for assets and facilities management, previously told People’s Post (“Upgrade on course”, 25 July 2017).The management of the concourse had over time become fragmented as its status gradually shifted to that of an informal shopping centre. This led to the original purpose as a pedestrian thoroughfare being replaced by shopping activities over time, Diamond explained.This eventually caused the overall collapse of a cohesive management system for the concourse that ultimately led to a decay of the infrastructure and deterioration of the lease management of the commercial activities, he said.“The City’s Property Management Department stepped into the fold in 2012 and decided to consolidate all management functions of the concourse under its own control. A specialist consultant was appointed to conduct a feasibility study on the business model of the concourse,” Diamond said.The recommendations of this study, coupled with the shortage of office space in the civic centre, resulted in the concourse being earmarked for use as municipal offices instead of being used as a shopping centre once again.On completion, the public interface services along the concourse will include two municipal courts, ATMs, a centre management office, a camera surveillance room and refurbished public ablution facilities. In addition, office space is being fitted to accommodate the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development, and Enterprise and Investment departments.These offices will operate during normal working hours (08:00 to 16:30) and the pedestrian thoroughfare will be closed from 22:00 to 06:00 daily for security reasons.“Thousands of residents make their way to the City centre on a daily basis and many make use of the Strand Street Concourse as a thoroughfare. It therefore makes perfect sense to have municipal services available within easy reach, thus taking services closer to our residents,” says Diamond.