Plans to improve

2017-10-31 06:01
The Kenilworth Village’s Residents and Business Association committee members remains the same following an agreement taken at an annual meeting held on Tuesday 24 October. PHOTO: NOMZAMO Yuku

The Kenilworth Village’s Residents and Business Association committee members remains the same following an agreement taken at an annual meeting held on Tuesday 24 October. PHOTO: NOMZAMO Yuku

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Committee members of the Kenilworth Village Residents and Business Association (KVRBA) are keen on creating a city improvement district (CID).

This was revealed at the association’s annual meeting at the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday.

The plans for and discussions about the necessity of a CID in the area were opened to residents. With their approval, a next step was agreed on, which is a survey that has to be done with residents before the end of November.

The majority of residents will have to sign and approve the idea before a business plan can be prepared in January.

According to the committee members, there is a huge demand for a CID as the number of illegal activities is reportedly increasing.

John Mathew, the secretary, said at the meeting until a CID had been established the community would not be able to achieve its goals of creating a healthy living ­environment.

He said vagrancy, prostitution, safety and security needed extra precautions to be conquered. He said though the additional services would be costly, the results would be worth it. He said this in response to questions about the impact of the extra services on rates. He said their research showed that rates could increase between 15% and 20% every year. He said there would be community engagements to raise more awareness.

Committee member Patricia Dove added that they were aware of the overload police were facing and this was an attempt to complement their and other public services by the government.

At the meeting, the KVRBA committee was reinstated with no additional members.

One residenet, Michelle Egberink, says she is happy with the outcome of the meeting and hopes that community members will participate. She says having a CID will help change the culture to take care of their environment and get educated on littering.

In the past few months People’s Post has reported on the local issues of vagrancy, property violation and robberies.

The area currently falls under two law enforcement jurisdictions – the Wynberg and the Claremont police.

The proposed CID could start operating in July next year. However, due to possible delays the members says their final deadline for implementation is expected to be in September.

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