Right of way to schools

A truck is seen performing a parking exercise in the northern parking area of the Athlone Stadium. Should no agreement be met between driving schools and The City of Cape Town, the City will shut down operations by Friday, 1 July. PHOTO: Earl Haupt
A truck is seen performing a parking exercise in the northern parking area of the Athlone Stadium. Should no agreement be met between driving schools and The City of Cape Town, the City will shut down operations by Friday, 1 July. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

The City of Cape Town, along with Athlone Stadium management, is scheduled to meet with driving schools operating in the area.

This comes after deadline which was set by the City to have driving schools cease operations at Athlone Stadium at the beginning of June. However, it has emerged that these schools are still operating within the parking areas on both the northern and southern sections of the stadium precinct.

While the southern side of the stadium facing Klipfontein Road has been fenced, the northern side facing Kewtown is only being prepared to be fenced, says ward councillor Suzette Little.

Little says that the driving schools have been given a fair opportunity to find a solution to the problem which would enable them to continue. She says that they have been in contact with the driving schools to strike up an agreement, but there were still a few sticking points. She was concerned at the ongoing usage of trucks in the area behind the stadium where some of the community’s children play.

Little confirmed that moves were afoot to have a standing agreement in place to have some of the driving schools continue to run their operations on the site, but that negotiations stalled because the various driving schools could not reach a consensus.

“The place is going to be fenced off. They need to form a steering committee who will sign a contract with the City. We will charge them a tariff and they must get public liability insurance so that we can claim for damages on that insurance. They must limit the people using the facility. The funding that we get in we are hoping to use towards the maintenance of the area,” added Little.

Should an agreement be met or not, the road signage around the stadium will be updated to no longer allow heavy vehicles to drive into the stadium precinct.

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