More time to have your say

2016-01-26 06:00

An application to start the process of commercialising the Green Point common has been withdrawn.

At the most recent subcouncil meeting, the item was withdrawn after concerns were raised, citing the public participation process had not been properly followed.

The proposal sought in-principal approval to grant long-term rights to use a section of the Green Point common.

More public commentsThe proposal to lease or sell the property appeared before the Good Hope subcouncil on Monday 19 January. The subcouncil deferred the matter to allow additional public comments on the intended lease until Wednesday 3 February.

The City of Cape Town property has been earmarked as a site for possible commercialisation in an attempt by the council to make the area around Cape Town stadium more profitable. The site has recently been rezoned to accommodate business activity.

Deputy mayor Ian Neilson explains the intended disposal was advertised in the local press last year and “no comments or objections from the public were received by the closing date on 21 September”.

There were also no appeals against the council’s decision to rezone and subdivide the property for general business.

In subcouncil’s handsA notice was sent to the subcouncil confirming the public advertisement for the lease or sale of the property, Neilson says.

“The notice also called for the subcouncil to solicit any further or additional comments from the relevant ratepayers’ associations by 15 January,” he says.

Jenny McQueen, chairperson of the Green Point Ratepayers and Residents’ Association, says the request for comment was not carried out adequately.

Too many awayThe request for comments was issued a few days before Christmas, at a time when many interested and affected persons were away on holiday.

To use the results would mean the City would be making itself “a target for legitimate criticism”, “especially in respect of a sensitive matter” involving the area around the Cape Town stadium, McQueen believes.

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