Gatesville traders keep on talking

The Gatesville CBD in Athlone will soon see some changes to improve the business hub for both the formal and informal traders.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen
The Gatesville CBD in Athlone will soon see some changes to improve the business hub for both the formal and informal traders. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

A follow-up meeting was held on Tuesday last week to gauge the progress of issues raised at a recent meeting held about the Gatesville CBD area.

People’s Post has reported on the issues raised by shop owners from both the formal and informal sector (“Traders get say on hub”, 17 November).

The recent meeting was to give feedback to business owners as they expressed concern about traffic congestion, pavements, parking bay allocations and regulation in the area.

Garreth Bloor, mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development, says a meeting was held last month with representatives of the Gatesville Formal and Informal Traders Association and the relevant City departments.

“Following the operational meeting, an on-site walk-about took place with the management of Transport for Cape Town and representatives from the Association. This resulted in a work programme, which will start addressing the more pressing maintenance issues as well as programming the more longer-term issues,” Bloor says.

He explains, moving forward, the City’s economic development department will continue to facilitate meetings with representatives of the and the relevant City departments to ensure that the issues are addressed.

“The representatives of the Association were appreciative of the undertakings given by the City to address the concerns raised. The City’s mayoral urban regeneration programme for Gatesville undertook to assist to facilitate so that matters such as traffic congestion, illegal parking and bylaw contraventions could be addressed. They will also look at input received from the Gatesville World Design Capital stakeholder’s workshop held earlier in the year,” Bloor says.

This will address the longer-term matters raised, such as the possible development of a centralised market (thereby addressing the large centre median fruit and vegetable traders), the realignment of parking and the better location and management of public toilets.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says the depot of Transport for Cape Town for the Athlone area in Heideveld is in the process of devising a programme to attend to issues raised.

This includes:

. Relaying missing and uneven brick paving near or abutting shop fronts within the road reserve.

. Replacing the edging at tree surrounds.

. Repairing kerbs and filling median breaks in the parking area.

. Replacing missing stormwater covers.

. Re-marking parking bays, lines and kerb face within the parking area.

He says the final cost of maintenance to the area is “yet to be finalised”.

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