Fish Hoek needs a fresh coat of paint

2019-07-02 06:01

I stood at the corner of Main and Recreation roads and looked down at Fish Hoek High Street one morning.

The council has done well with the pavements, litter bins, road surface. The shop fronts facing Main Road are fine. The problem is when one’s eye travels up to the first and second floors of the offices and apartment buildings. The colours of the buildings are all cream-white and every colour of beige and brown available.

The same applies to the buildings on the road facing the sea. These buildings are all so dull and uninteresting.

Imagine if the colourfully painted houses at Bo Kaap where these colours? One of the reasons that Bo Kaap is so popular is because it is bright and colourful.

The owners of those houses take pride in their neighbourhood and it has brought money to that area by the many tourists who visit.

Do any tourists or visitors take photographs of Fish Hoek Main Road? I do not think so.

So, imagine how Fish Hoek High Main Road could look if all the building owners painted their buildings above the shop fronts the colours of summer ice cream – pale blues, yellows, pinks, lavenders, lime greens or light greens, pale apricots and rose.

Imagine if a few of the building owners were brave enough to do stripes in different shades of the same colour. Fish Hoek would be transformed. It would be another place for tourists to stop and spend their money. It would look like a real beach resort. It would look inviting.

Imagine if owners of buildings could choose any colour to paint their buildings except beige, brown, white, cream, caramel or chocolate because all these colours would complement each other.

I am sure one of the big paint companies would love to get involved in a project of this scale, and could provide special prices for the paint. Imagine the advertising for them “Fish Hoek painted by Plascon, or Dulux” or one of the many other paint producers. Kalk Bay is lovely to visit, Muizenberg and St James are so pleasant, but when arriving or leaving Fish Hoek, she looks like Cinderella before her makeover.

Everyone knows that the easiest way to refresh and brighten any place is with paint. A fresh coat of paint on all those buildings would do wonders, not only for the community but also for visitors and tourists.

Maryanne Downs Noordhoek
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