Focus on paid parking

2019-11-26 06:00
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The City of Cape Town’s proposal to expand managed parking to Kenilworth, Rondebosch and Newlands where there is a high demand for on-street parking has been welcomed by the local ward councillor and the Newlands Residents Association.

The City called on residents to comment on the proposal two weeks ago. 

Councillor Ian Iversen supports the introduction of parking management schemes in ward 59 and says it is long overdue.

“Well over six years ago, I held meetings in Newlands and Rondebosch regarding the introduction of parking management in these areas. The introduction has been delayed by national changes in legislation and court cases linked to the awarding of tenders,” said Iversen.

The roads proposed for managed parking include:

. Kenilworth: A section of Main Road (between Braeside Road and Cumnor Avenue) and a section of Mains Avenue that turns into Summerley Road (between Bellevue Terrace and Chippenham Road).

. Newlands: A section of Main Street (between Dean Street and San Souci Road), Dean Street and Wilkinson Street.

. Rondebosch: A section of Main Road (between Rustenburg Avenue and Belmont Road). 

Iversen believes the introduction of managed parking will address two prevalent problems in the Newlands, Rondebosch and Kenilworth CBDs: car guards’ aggressive behaviour and people who occupy parking bays for hours. 

He says there have been countless complaints of informal car guards demanding money from motorists. 

“They often target women, banging on vehicles and demanding at least R10.00 from people.”

He says the car guards are often under the influence of drugs or alcohol and fight with one another. 

Furthermore, Iversen says a regular turnover of bays will be good for business. 

“Because people aren’t paying for parking, all too many bays are occupied by people who park there for hours. It negatively impacts local businesses.”

He says he plans to send the public participation forms to all businesses on his database as well as residents living in Rondebosch, Newlands and Kenilworth.

The chair of the Newlands Residents Association, March Turnball, agrees that managed parking is the way to go. 

“Of course nobody wants to pay for parking but it will address a huge problem in the area. We understand that parking guards are only trying to eke out a living, but they cause lots of disruption. The City will find that Newlands residents are very keen for it to be introduced.”

The City’s Mayco member for transport Felicity Purchase said subcouncils, business owners, and residents from central business districts and popular recreational areas like Camps Bay and Muizenberg have requested that the City investigate expanding managed parking to these areas due to the rapid increase in demand for on-street parking. 

Managed parking means the City charges a tariff for the use of an on-street parking bay and that the tariff is determined by the time the bay is being occupied. Time restrictions are also applicable in these areas.

It is proposed that those who park in central business districts are charged per 15 minutes; and that visitors to recreational areas be charged per three hours. 

The management times are from 08:00 to 17:00 on weekdays, and from 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays.

Purchase encouraged residents to participate in this process. “We want to know your views, and want as much input as possible so that we can determine the need and the support for the proposal,” she said.

Officials from the City’s transport directorate will assess the comments/proposals, and these will be considered before the proposal is finalised for approval by the Mayoral Committee and Council. 

“The proposal to expand managed parking to other areas in Cape Town may be amended or altered, depending on the comments received from the public and interested and affected parties during the public participation period. It is, therefore, very important that residents participate in this process so that the City can make an informed decision or reconsider the proposal if needed,” said Purchase.

She also emphasised that it is way too early to make assumptions about the outcome of the proposal, or when or if it will become effective. 

Residents can comment on this proposal until Friday 13 December. 

The information available on the City’s website, at the affected subcouncil offices, and libraries include maps indicating the areas and streets that form part of the proposal and a questionnaire about residents’ parking experience in the areas that form part of the proposal.

  • Comments, input and recommendations can be submitted by email: parking.info@capetown.gov.za, handwritten: deliver to any library or subcouncil office within your area or by visiting www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay.
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