Most prefer plants at the sea

2017-04-25 06:01

Mouille Point residents are being called to give input on the future of a section of the promenade.

As part of the rehabilitation of the promenade, the Mouille Point Ratepayers’ Association is calling for proposals for the area commonly referred to as surfers’ corner, where vegetation struggles to grow due to splashing waves.

“The promenade grass and shrubbery at surfers’ corner have always battled to survive given the harsh weather conditions and salt deposited by high seas,” explains the association’s spokesperson Jane Meyer.

“The City of Cape Town is currently upgrading the sea wall, walkway and berm in that area. Hopefully with improvements to be made by the upgrades the negative effect of high seas and salt content can be minimised, allowing vegetation to grow in this area.”

The association has partnered with a local social media platform, Our Hood, to boost residents’ involvement. Our Hood is a free app on which you can share information with other verified neighbours.

Some of the ideas submitted included toilets and changing rooms as well as a café, but the majority of residents have suggested developing greenery.

“We called for suggestions to see what the public had in mind. So far the majority of responses have been to keep that area as natural as possible. We are engaging with horticulturalists, botanists and landscapers and the City with regard to the most hardy and resilient plant species for that area,” says Meyer.

“The community process is ongoing. We have submitted all suggestions received, and those of the botanists, to the City and should additional suggestions come in we will forward those as well.”

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