Wilting sales

2017-10-24 06:00
Flower sellers in Rondebosch want a new place to store their flowers to protect them from damage.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

Flower sellers in Rondebosch want a new place to store their flowers to protect them from damage.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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Flower sellers outside the Fountain Centre in Rondebosch say they have been negatively affected by the development taking place at the back of the centre.

They say despite having to transport their flowers from home to the stands on the corner of Main and Belmont roads, their sales have drastically dropped since last month.

They say the biggest impact is the closure of the shops on the side of their business and the fact that some of their flowers get damaged while being transported. They say they need a space to store their flowers while the construction is underway.

“We would like to have a nearby place to keep our flowers to prevent the damage. This is our source of income and when things are like this we get frustrated. The owners did inform us about the development but we struggled to get a place nearby. We would appreciate any form of help as long it is a fully covered shelter that we can lock our flowers in,” one flower seller says.

Another flower seller, who says she has been selling in the same spot for years, says if she had another place to do business she would move because she is now hardly making a profit.

She says they could not complain because they were paying rent to keep their flowers inside the building and they received a notice before the shops were closed and moved out.

The building is reportedly being redeveloped to have shops on the ground floor and flats above.

Resident Monica Sutherland is worried about the impact that the residential accommodation will have, as she says the student accommodation in the area is ungovernable. She says the community was never informed about the plans to develop the building and include student accommodation.

She claims the public was not engaged during advertisement and planning of the development.

She also says they feel sad for the flower sellers who have spent years here and have become a part of the community and are now facing a loss of income.

Nina Farrell, general manager of the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID), says they cannot speculate whether there would be any objections to this development.

Wait on adShe says: “This will only become apparent once the development is advertised. This is all speculation until the details become available to the public and are open for public comment. The GSCID plays our usual role in crime and grime. We would wait on the advertisement of the development.”

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, says an application for the consolidation and rezoning of the consolidated property to general business subzone GB4 was approved by the municipal planning tribunal in November last year with the final approval issued in January this year.

He says the intension is to refurbish the existing buildings, with most of the redevelopment being on remainder erf 45595.

The proposal includes relocating most of the existing gym from the first floor to the ground floor with shops along the Main Road and Belmont Road street frontage, to provide a small gym area and new residential units on the first floor and then add an additional two floors of residential units.

“A total of 60 dwelling units will be provided. The application was submitted in February 2016 and advertised in April 2016 by means of a press advert, on-site notices and registered letters to interested and affected parties.

“The building plans are currently being circulated for internal comment and have not yet been approved. A demolition permit has also been approved for parts of the existing building,” Herron says.

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