Review deadline looms

2018-05-15 06:01

Noordhoek residents was granted a 14-day extension of the public review period on the extension of Houmoed Avenue and there are now a few days to go before this lapses.

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) is proposing to extend Houmoed Avenue in Sunnydale up to Lekkerwater Road. The total length of the extension is 1218m and extends over 10 properties.

The majority of the proposed route lies within an existing road reserve which starts at the intersection of Noordhoek Road, runs along an existing section of Houmoed Avenue and then extends adjacent to the Long Beach Mall and the residential suburbs of Milkwood Park and Noordsig to link up with the northern end of Lekkerwater Road to the west. The development will be in two phases.

Sharon Long from Noordhoek Ratepayers Association says Houmoed Road was put forward as an option initially as a temporary road to relieve traffic during the current construction on Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg. The current construction phase completion date is November next year.

“Building Houmoed Road will only relocate traffic congestion onto alternative intersections on Kommetjie Road, Noordhoek Main Road and Silvermine Road. Noordhoek Main Road and Silvermine Road were not part of the traffic study, and we believe they should have been. Dualing the balance of Kommetjie Road and finding the solution for Ou Kaapse Weg should be the priorities,” she says.

Long adds that with the first phase the Environmental Impact Assessment ( EIA) process revealed many requirements, in order for the construction of the road to be built with a low to medium impact.

“These include fauna expert, particularly amphibian expert, to incorporate toad behaviour into the road design and structure, fresh water ecologist for the rehabilitation of current water, redistribution of Lake Michelle water, storm water management plans on exiting canals, wetland rehabilitation plan for removal of aliens and a master landscaping plan. Before even considering approval, we believe that the City should provide reports and plans of these mitigating measures for the construction and operational phases. To protect the wetland, the Pick n Pay reedbed, and the entire wetland area should be rezoned to natural protected areas category to receive statutory protection. There are just too many mitigating circumstances for the first phase to be built and therefore believe that an alternative road access should be explored that gives communities the road access they need, whilst protecting the wetland,” she says.V Continued on page 2.

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