Old name for reserve to stay

2018-11-13 06:00

A proposal to rename the Little Glen Nature Reserve in Camps Bay was turned down during a recent meeting of the City of Cape Town’s council.

The Camps Bay and Clifton Ratepayers’ Association (CBCRA) proposed the nature reserve be renamed after the late Arthur Shephard, who was instrumental in transforming the public space from an “unsafe” space to “an area that is well landscaped, secure and a community
attraction”.

In a submission to the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee, the CBCRA states: “Arthur sought no glory or even recognition for himself while dedicating himself to a community project. However, as a mark of gratitude – and in honour of his life – CBCRA feels that it is only fitting that this now pristine area bears his name and acts as an inspiration to others.”Community involvement

A public participation process on the renaming proposal took place during March.

In a statement by the City at the time of the public participation process, it stated that “Shephard coordinated the transformation of the Little Glen Nature Reserve from a run-down underutilised public space to an area that is beautifully landscaped, secure, and popular among visitors and the local community of Camps Bay”.

Former Naming and Nomination Committee chairperson councillor Brett Herron said at the time: “According to Chris Willemse, the chairperson [of the Ratepayers’ Association], Shephard contributed a lot of his personal time and money to transform this gem. The local community, volunteers and the City assisted him in realising this dream.”

The public participation process saw 127 people give feedback. Of these, 57% supported the renaming.

Those who were not in favour raised concerns over the loss of the name

“Little Glen” and that Shephard had been assisted by many “unsung heroes” and should not be honoured alone.

During this process, the CBCRA responded to this: “The mere fact that it was a run-down, crime-infested area when Arthur took on the task that he did, clearly indicates that those sometimes sterling efforts were not succeeding. This truly reveals the full extent of what Arthur personally achieved and why the CBCRA believes that he should be remembered in this area in this manner.”

Ward 54 councillor Shayne Ramsay says the decision was instead taken to erect signage which would honour
Shephard.

She adds that there are around 40 parks in the Sea Point area alone and setting a precedent of renaming parks would come at a heavy cost to the City.

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