Parking space fight escalates

2016-11-01 06:00

Blok developers, the creators of a “parklet” on Regent Road, may be facing legal action after failing to remove the parklet on City orders.

A parklet is an extension of pedestrian pavement which aims to provide more public space for pedestrians. Part of an international movement, parklets often use one or more parking spaces.

The bays used for the parklet in Sea Point were hired from the City from 14 December last year until 14 June. Blok did not secure a new hire permit nor has it paid for the bays since 14 June, says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport.

“As such, Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, served the applicant with a notice informing them that the parklet must be removed by 2 October at the latest. The City’s Legal Services Department is now dealing with the matter as the applicant has not complied with the notice,” he says.

A group of local business owners created a petition to request the removal of the parklet, based on a scarcity of parking in the area (“For or against parklets?”, People’s Post, 26 July).

In response Blok developers created an online petition to garner support – for which they received 500 signatures, says Lior van Embden, sales and marketing manager of Blok.

Blok’s public relations company, Amplicon, corresponded with People’s Post last week on behalf of to Van Embden, regarding the closure of the parklet and the Isabelo smart bench.

The smart bench is a WiFi seat installed by the Cape Town Partnership and partnering organisations in Adderley Street (“Smart bench expansion”, People’s Post, 7 June).

“Initiatives such as the parklet in Regent Road and the Isabelo smart bench in Adderley Street have been erected for community use, free of charge … Although the purpose of both is to serve their communities, and this is exactly what they have been doing, they will sadly both soon be taken down, despite much effort to have them remain,” says Van Embden .

Cape Town Partnership’s Alan Cameron says the removal of the smart bench was a joint decision by the project’s partners.

“The initial location had always been intended as a test space only, and we were very pleased with the results in terms of usage and insights gained via the digital survey.

“The brainchild of Louise Meek, Isabelo benches have created a number of active nodes in neighbourhoods across South Africa. We are always looking for new bench locations – there’s currently another one in Stellenbosch and further sites are planned.”

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