Main Road to get beach theme

2016-03-22 06:00
 Planters along Main Road in Fish Hoek are set to receive a pop of colour. PHOTO: nicole mccain

Planters along Main Road in Fish Hoek are set to receive a pop of colour. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Main Road is set to receive a facelift as the Fish Hoek Improvement District begins a beautification project.

The project will focus on repainting and replanting flower pots along the street.

“The planters are beginning to look rather tired after years of weathering. They need to be spruced up. Some need replanting as well and some also need cosmetic repairs,” says improvement district chairperson Mike Reaper.

A few years ago the improvement district put in the planters along Main Road and has watered and maintained them ever since, says Reaper.

“No easy task, considering the strong winds, occasional vandalism, litter and recently the drought restrictions,” he says.

The beautification aims to reflect the beachfront, Reaper explains, and link it to the retail areas.

“We are hoping to bring some of our beach’s unique theme onto Main Road by painting the planters in the traditional colours of the beach huts,” he says.

“Fish Hoek is physically divorced from the beach, which should be the natural focus of the valley. The two major reasons for this are the alignment of the main road from north to south and the corresponding building development parallel to this. Secondly, the railway reserve creates another barrier.”

A local contractor will be appointed and the project is expected to start next month.

The improvement district will continue to run a number of other beautification projects, such as maintaining the public open spaces on Main Road by keeping them clean and well looked after.

“The improvement district also looks after the Garden of Remembrance despite this falling just outside our demarcated area. We have also been instrumental in putting pressure on the railways to keep the railway reserve clean and tidy,” he says.

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