Petition to ‘save Cape Town’

2016-07-19 06:00

Over 700 Capetonians have signed a petition against the redevelopment of Maiden’s Cove and the Clifton precinct.

Addressed to the Democratic Alliance, the petition threatens voters will throw their support elsewhere if the sale of the property proceeds.

Last year, the council of the City of Cape Town in principle supported the sale or lease of sections of four erven, referred to as the Clifton garages. The approval and possible sale, as well as the public participation process carried out, has seen the City come under fire from various organisations (“Community slams City decision”, People’s Post, 9 June 2015).

The City-owned land between the Clifton bungalows and Camps Bay – which includes the Glen Country Club, Maiden’s Cove, a sports oval and garages for bungalow residents – is regarded by the City to be in a degraded state and provides somewhat limited access to the oceanfront for residents and visitors, mayoral committee member for finance, Ian Neilson, previously told People’s Post.

The proposal suggests the sale of land for the possible development of a three-storey parking lot and over 25 000m² of retail space. It also looks at rationalising the facilities at the Glen Country Club and the Bungalows restaurant area.

Media reports have estimated the development is worth R1.5bn.

Created by Save Cape Town, the petition states: “The beloved Maiden’s Cove nature reserve and Clifton area are world famous tourist attractions, precisely because of its incredible beauty, its simplicity, its heritage value, and its public open space. After more than a hundred years of preservation from developers, all this will now be lost – to us and to future generations – and for what? Yet more ugly town housing, a shopping centre we don’t want, a massive paid-parking lot and a snobby hotel?”

The petition raises other concerns over the proposed development, including traffic congestion, sewage infrastructure and access to the public facility.

The petition concludes: “We are signing this in a desperate bid to save Cape Town.”

The petition has been open for just under two weeks, with the organisation aiming to gain over 2000 votes ahead of the upcoming municipal elections.V For more information, visit the SaveCapeTown Facebook page or view the petition at https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_DA_STOP_the_sale_of_Maidens_Cove_Clifton_public_land_to_private_developers/V Share you views by emailing letters@peoplespost.co.za

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