Paid parking gets closer

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After many years of delays, the plan to expand managed parking to Kenilworth, Rondebosch and Newlands, where there is a high demand for on-street parking, is one step closer as the City of Cape Town enters the final stages of the procurement process in the city-wide parking tender.

Felicity Purchase, the City’s Mayco member for transport, says the management of on-street parking bays will be implemented once the City has completed the procurement of the city-wide management tender to a service provider.

“The City is currently negotiating the final terms and conditions of the contract that will soon be subject to the final stage of procurement in terms of Section 33 of the Municipal Finance Management Act, applicable to contracts that impose financial obligations on a municipality beyond the current three-year budget cycle. It is anticipated that the contract will be signed late in 2021, if all goes as planned,” Purchase says.

In November 2019, the City called on residents to comment on the revised Parking Policy which addresses the provision, management, regulation, enforcement, and pricing of parking. The roads proposed for managed parking in the southern suburbs included a section of Main Road (between Braeside Road and Cumnor Avenue) and a section of Mains Avenue that turns into Summerley Road (between Bellevue Terrace and Chippenham Road) in Kenilworth.

In Newlands, a section of Main Street (between Dean Street and San Souci Road), Dean Street and Wilkinson Street was identified while in Rondebosch, a section of Main Road (between Rustenburg Avenue and Belmont Road) was earmarked.

At the time, councillor for Ward 59 Ian Iversen supported the introduction of parking management schemes in the ward, saying it would address two prevalent problems in the Newlands, Rondebosch and Kenilworth CBDs: informal car guards’ aggressive behaviour and people who occupy parking bays for hours which in turn negatively impacts local business.

Iversen said that he had held meetings in Newlands and Rondebosch regarding the introduction of parking management in these areas well over six years ago, however, “the introduction had been delayed by national changes in legislation and court cases linked to the awarding of tenders” (“Focus on paid parking”, People’s Post, 26 November 2019).

Following the public participation process, the Cape Town City Council approved the revised Parking Policy on Thursday 3 December last year.

Purchase says the Newlands and Rondebosch areas are included in the city-wide parking tender.

“An assessment of the financial viability of managing parking on Main Road Kenilworth will be necessary before making a decision to do so,” she adds.

The City ceased the management of on-street parking bays across Cape Town in March last year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Purchase says a Request for Quotations (RFQ) was recently issued for an interim service while the procurement of the city-wide contract is completed.

This RFQ included the CBD, Sea Point, Claremont and Bellville.

“Only one bid was received and that was for Sea Point. The City is presently addressing this issue, with a view to securing interim management in all the areas listed above,” she says.V Continued on page 3.

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