MID looks to expand

2016-05-31 06:00

Residents of the Wherry Road triangle could soon be enjoying the benefits of an improvement district.

The Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) is planning to expand its borders to include Clevedon, Cromer, Henley and Wherry roads.

The MID board receives ongoing requests from residents in the Wherry Road triangle who feel they are missing out on the benefits enjoyed by properties inside the MID boundary and often question why they were not included from the start, explains Lesley Schroeder, MID stakeholder engagement director and deputy chair.

“The current board was not part of that decision making process but we’ve listened and spent substantial time looking at the feasibility of a boundary extension and preparing the documentation. Now the decision rests with the property owners,” she says.

There are approximately 90 properties in the Wherry triangle, made up mainly of residential homes and some blocks of flats.

Expanding the MID’s boundary is a lengthy process which has to be well considered before motivating an extension to the City, explains Schroeder. “The board did a cost analysis to determine whether the property owners who already pay improvement district levies would continue to receive the same level of service should the boundary be extended. The MID is one of the smallest improvement districts in the Western Cape with a budget of only R1.4m per annum, so service provision has to be done creatively and wisely,” she says.

When the cost analysis was found viable, the extension was proposed at the AGM, Schroeder says.

After MID members voted in favour of extending the border, the board was able to continue with the process prescribed by the City and legislation for Special Rating Areas (SRAs).

“We are at the point where the MID has given notice that it intends to apply to extend its boundary to include Henley and Wherry Roads and the parts of Cromer and Clevedon roads which currently fall outside the MID boundary.”

All property owners in these four affected streets are invited to a public information meeting on Tuesday 7 June, Schroeder adds.

“The impact for residents in the Wherry Road triangle is that they will be part of a vibrant improvement district that facilitates focused support and services in their area,” she says.

MID provides top-up services, which include keeping a close watch on problem buildings, joint safety operations, working with the City to seek workable solutions for homelessness and vagrancy, planting and maintaining medicinal and indigenous gardens in public areas, as well as cleaning of streets and clearing of gutters and weeds.

“Everyone benefits from the MID 24 hour public safety patrol which attends to issues impacting on public safety and assists locals and visitors in public areas,” Schroeder adds.V All property owners in these four affected streets are invited to a public information meeting on Tuesday 7 June at 18:30 at Kids Planet, Wherry Road. Property owners are asked to bring a rates bill and identification. In terms of SRA legislation at least 60% of the property owners need to sign consent before the boundary can be extended.

V More information on the process is available on the MID website www.mid.org.za

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