Plans to give CBD a new face

2017-11-14 06:00
Abdul KerbelkerPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Abdul KerbelkerPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Plans to redevelop Claremont CBD are ­underway.

This was revealed at the Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC) annual meeting held on Thursday 9 November.

The meeting was mainly focused on developments in the pipeline for Claremont and raising awareness of water saving.

The executive committee of the CIDC revealed that millions of rands would be spent on various projects, including the demolition of Shoprite, Draper on Main, the redevelopment of Werdmuller Centre, improvement of the public plaza and public space and the development of Main Road to be more pedestrian-friendly.

CIDC executive manager Abdul Kerbelker said at the meeting the idea of developing Main Road had been put on hold for more than five years due to failed negotiations between the CIDC and the City of Cape Town.

He said the road was small, resulting in a high number of accidents and traffic jams in the Claremont CBD. He said the road also did not accommodate pedestrians.

He emphasised that the CIDC would continue prioritising its basic duties of assuring a safer living and business environment for the area.

Kerbelker said they had already worked out a plan to fight crime during the festive season. This included tight relations with the police and neighbourhood watches and monitoring the CCTV cameras.

He said there would be better visibility and availability of law enforcers in public spaces.

CIDC chairperson David Stoll explained the development plans, saying: “Hopefully common sense will prevail here and what is currently an eyesore on our landscape will be allowed to flourish into a genuinely mixed precinct offering retail, offices and student accommodation.”

He said all the plans were expected to be a success following the stable financial status over the past five years and a budget increase of 8% for the financial year up to 2018.

He said the CIDC was currently in good standing and paying its debt made for development of the Claremont Boulevard in 2008. He said they still owed R10.7m of the R22m, which would be fully paid off by 2023.

Guest speaker ward 60 councillor Mark Kleinschmidt focused on plans to prevent severe water shortage in the city.

He called on the public to play a crucial role in preventing entering a worse phase of the water crisis. He advised households to stick to a limit of 87F per day.

He suggested that Capetonians should take the tips to recycle and reserve water very seriously as it was part of the “new normal” water rules since drought struck the city.

Community members who attended the meeting responded positively to the ­proceedings.

Resident Keith Edward applauded the plans to create a pedestrian-friendly environment and develop Main Road.

He also raised the issue of illegal use of roads, such as Stegman and Wetton roads, by local buses.V An annual meeting of the Claremont Community Policing Forum is taking place tonight. For more information on the venue call 021 674 0639.

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