Cape Town selling our heritage - Clifton, Camps Bay development plans anger residents

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Cape Town selling our heritage - Clifton, Camps Bay development plans anger residents
KIMON DE GREEF | 09 September, 2015 11:39

The City of Cape Town is moving ahead with its controversial plans to sell municipal land between Clifton and Camps Bay. This is despite the fact that the area cannot legally be developed in its current state.

Protected by heritage and environmental legislation, the site has been earmarked for private development. The proposed sale of the seven hectares has been held up as an income-generating strategy by the city, transforming unused land into a hub of economic activity.

The proposal, part of a broader municipal strategy to generate revenue through the sale of public assets and by expanding the rates base, has drawn criticism from residents, who believe plans are being pushed through without due process being followed.

Maiden's Cove is a rare open space on the crowded Atlantic Seaboard, having been insulated from private development for nearly 70 years. The Clifton Scenic Reserve, a designation intended to preserve the natural beauty of the area, was proclaimed in 1948 under the old National Monuments Act. This status forbade construction without written consent from the national heritage authority.

The reserve area - which extends along the coast from Clifton's Fourth Beach to Glen Beach in Camps Bay - was incorporated into a new set of heritage laws in 2000, and is listed as a provincial heritage site. Any proposed development requires a permit from Heritage Western Cape, which has not yet received an application for Maiden's Cove.

"We are not able to take any official position on this proposed development until a formal application is made," said Heritage Western Cape's acting deputy director Jenna Lavin.

To sell the land , the City of Cape Town is required by law to issue a call for proposals or to initiate a public tender process. According to Chris Willemse, chairman of the Camps Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association, the city has done neither .

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http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes...n-Camps-Bay-development-plans-anger-residents
 

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Haai grant :)

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just as the proposed development (approved by the then anc local govt) of sea point beachfront was stopped in it's tracks by property owners in the area (like myself) contributing millions towards legal costs, the same principle will be applied here.
residents will again plough money into any legal costs involved
http://www.saflii.org/za/cases/ZAWCHC/2010/69.html
this area would had been cut off to public if the anc decision to SELL PUBLIC SPACE TO DEVELOPERS took place
sea point development area.jpg

a high court order has been granted against CoCT regarding any change to existing lease conditions.
IMG-20150909-00007.jpg


of course, antiganda's transparent interest here is not that of public access to the area and adjacent beachfront, but merely another pathetic attempt to try demonize a da led local govt he despises so much.

the big difference between the two cases is the anc led provincial govt tried to sell off public space to a private developer in the sea point matter.
as far as camps bay is concerned, it will be a change of public use - still public access, but NO SELLING OF PUBLIC SPACE to private developers
 
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Interesting reply that underlines the chaotic and inconsistently dodgy actions of the City of CT planning section but wtf has it got to do with the OP? Maybe start your own thread.
 

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Interesting reply that underlines the chaotic and inconsistently dodgy actions of the City of CT planning section but wtf has it got to do with the OP? Maybe start your own thread.

What thread should I start?
 

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And here I thought the DA was in "charge".
They are in charge and behave badly because nobody can easily challenge them.

They tried to dump Sea Point pavillion some years ago until the locals stepped in and took over from their poor management.

It seems if they feel something is "underutilised" (read white people's sport) like bowling or swimming, then the maintenance is neglected until they feel obliged to sell it or lease it under some whiffy deal.
 

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They are in charge and behave badly because nobody can easily challenge them.

They tried to dump Sea Point pavillion some years ago until the locals stepped in and took over from their poor management.

It seems if they feel something is "underutilised" (read white people's sport) like bowling or swimming, then the maintenance is neglected until they feel obliged to sell it or lease it under some whiffy deal.

Just as useless as any other political party.
 

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It seems if they feel something is "underutilised" (read white people's sport) like bowling or swimming, then the maintenance is neglected until they feel obliged to sell it or lease it under some whiffy deal.

your lack of knowledge of the area is staggering.

it was the anc WHO TRIED TO SELL to private developers - in the case of sea point - an primarily enjoyed by non white people every single weekend.


but of "white people's sport"
why are you so concerned about the affluent of camps bay ?
you're not - you dont give a **** about what happens in the area - the only reason for your post is to further your own petty little agenda
 

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your lack of knowledge of the area is staggering.

it was the anc WHO TRIED TO SELL to private developers - in the case of sea point - an primarily enjoyed by non white people every single weekend.

So I take it this happened many years ago?
 

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The DA lead Cape Town city council are every bit as dodgy as the ANC are. Their typical strategy is to threaten people with squatter camps or to stop maintaining public land until it falls into disrepair and blackmailing residents into allowing them to sell.

Then there is the zoning of farmed agricultural land as residential so their developer cronies can develop it.

What they are trying to do with Princessvlei is criminal.
 

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The DA lead Cape Town city council are every bit as dodgy as the ANC are. Their typical strategy is to threaten people with squatter camps or to stop maintaining public land until it falls into disrepair and blackmailing residents into allowing them to sell.

Then there is the zoning of farmed agricultural land as residential so their developer cronies can develop it.

What they are trying to do with Princessvlei is criminal.

They are trying a similar thing with Newlands public pool. They refuse to paint it even now, and the pool has been allowed to run into rack and ruin. Yet people went there from far and wide until the council built ones in their suburbs.
 

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So I take it this happened many years ago?

many

THE GROUNDS OF REVIEW RELIED UPON BY THE APPLICANTS
[12] The applicants seek to have the 2007 ROD reviewed and set aside on one or more or all of the following grounds:


The MEC failed to consider alternatives to the proposed development, as the ECA required her to do.
The MEC relied on an expert report co-authored by a party, Commlife Properties (“Commlife”), which had an undisclosed financial interest in the approval sought.
The MEC’s decision was based on information that was in material respects out of date.
The MEC took her decision on the basis of materially incorrect information, concerning the extent of loss of open space and the consequences of the proposed development for traffic and parking.
The MEC failed to undertake the balancing exercise required of her in terms of the ECA, namely to weigh up the need for the proposed development against any adverse impact on the environment, particularly the loss of open space.
http://www.saflii.org/za/cases/ZAWCHC/2010/69.html
mec councilor was an anc councilor
 

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You are confusing roles here. There is MEC and there is Councillor.

i'm not confusing roles - i know the difference.
the mec is the one who approved the development(as per the judgement)
you are alleging a da councilor proposed the development - care to back up that allegation
 

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i'm not confusing roles - i know the difference.
the mec is the one who approved the development(as per the judgement)
you are alleging a da councilor proposed the development - care to back up that allegation

But ANC councillor Jeremiah Thuynsma said while the ANC may have been in power at the time, the proposal for the development of the pavilion came from a Sea Point councillor.

http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-afr...n-remains-public-space-1.1583610#.VfB-mZfJKYw

Sea Point ward councillor Jean-Pierre Smith said he was in favour of the development "in principle", but would be watching closely to make sure it enhanced the area.

"The sooner that part of Sea Point is developed, the better," he said. "It is an eyesore."
http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/huge-blocks-to-surround-sea-point-pool-1.57438#.VfB9G5fJKYw
 

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But ANC councillor Jeremiah Thuynsma said while the ANC may have been in power at the time, the proposal for the development of the pavilion came from a Sea Point councillor.

http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-afr...n-remains-public-space-1.1583610#.VfB-mZfJKYw

Sea Point ward councillor Jean-Pierre Smith said he was in favour of the development "in principle", but would be watching closely to make sure it enhanced the area.

"The sooner that part of Sea Point is developed, the better," he said. "It is an eyesore."
http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/huge-blocks-to-surround-sea-point-pool-1.57438#.VfB9G5fJKYw
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Smith said that certain aspects of the revised plans would benefit the city, but others would be allowed "over my dead body".
And the proposal did not "come from the councillor"... he was commenting on the proposal.
 
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