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Monday, 30 March 2015

CBRRA Newsletter April 2015

The Camps Bay & Clifton Ratepayers & Residents Association is holding a Public Meeting on

MONDAY, 13 APRIL 2015  
@ 18h30
VENUE: The Rotunda, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
Everyone is welcome!

Below follows an update on some recent issues that deserves your attention:
CLIFTON 4TH BEACH DEVELOPMENT – 750 CAR PARKING GARAGE, SHOPPING CENTRE, HOTEL, RESIDENTIAL IN FRAGILE COASTAL GREEN SPACE! 
The iconic piece of land where La Med used to be (now the Bungalow restaurant), the Glen Country Club plus bowling lawns, part of the tennis courts and cricket field are to be sold by the City of Cape Town for well over R100 million. The proposed sale will result in the development of an 3-level underground parking garage with 750 bays, 2750m² of commercial retail space and a residential complex. It is doubtful wether the final development will be less than 10,000m² (larger than the Garden Centre).
Our Ward Councillors have claimed to be unaware of this proposal yet it appears Developers discussions with Council have been ongoing for some 4 years! According to the council, the properties were part of the mayor Patricia de Lille’s “strategic asset development initiative”. Another ASSAULT on our Green Spaces and Sports Clubs.
Read more ››
We must not allow the Clifton Development to become a fait accompli; Ratepayers must stand together to prevent the face of our area from changing completely and irrevocably.
The CBRRA has joined with the Clifton Bungalow Association and addressed a letter of objection to the City in this regard. You can read it ‹‹here››. The residents of the area need to stand together to head off land grabs by the mayor which are only of benefit to chosen developers.


Unsung service to our suburb...
The one and only Arthur and Paulene Shephard ( settled here not many years ago from U.K) have done wonders with the LITTLE GLEN and surrounds, restoring it to its former glory, paths and fences upgraded, vegetation controlled, security enhanced. All the time and effort expended  including soliciting support from nearby neighbours ( some of whom have been particularly generous!!) could not have been all fun but what RESULTS he has achieved, and  this on top of his C.B.Watch Administration, patrolling, regular Newsletters and assisting other areas when requested.
THANKS,THANKS and THANKS again the SHEPHARDS!s.



Well done to the Council beach cleaning team
BEACH CLEANING of the Camps Bay and Clifton beaches has been outstanding…….every morning teams are hard at it and by 7.30 one would not have guessed what they looked like the evening before! Similarly attention to lawns, walkways and small parks etc. has on the whole been excellent, as has the control of Public Events on the front.


General Security 
No longer the remit of CBRRA the efforts of Camps Bay Watch/Camps Bay Safety & Security Trust have been largely instrumental in making Camps Bay the SAFEST SUBURB in the PENINSULA….to keep it that way please continue to be, or become, involved in this initiative! Contact Gus Millner ongus.millner@campsbaywatch.org

Planning in our suburb
Planning matters and applications have increased in the last while. In the past few months, many applications have involved community input and resulted in legal agreements between developers/owners and CBRRA/neighbours. Exco member and Green Point Park designer, Johan van Papendorp, has assisted Village & Life in the upgrade of the "Stone Cottages" at the bottom of Geneva Drive to ensure that the upgrade of the buildings respects their heritage value. Your Exco do their best to act in the interests of the Suburb as a whole……..it would be wonderful if some of the ‘regular complainers’ would offer to become involved instead of moaning and asking the Committee to look after “my interests”.

Blinkwater/Harrison Matter 
After almost 10 years we are nearly at the finish line. The Exco is about to enter into an agreement with the City Council on terms acceptable to both parties; ± R290,000.00 will be paid to Council (considerably less than anticipated at the time); R100,00.00 to be paid initially and thereafter R5,000.00 per month until amount fully paid. We want to thank all members for their continued support and patience in this matter which we still believe has seen the Council ‘punishing Ratepayers’ for attempting to defend the suburb against bad planning decisions.

Load Shedding
Visit http://bit.ly/loadsheddingcct for more information regarding loadshedding schedules.

Join the committee
We again appeal for fresh faces to join our Committee! We need all the help we can get to maintain Camps Bay as the wonderful suburb it is.


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In the interests of keeping Camps Bay/Bakoven/Clifton standards high... and good wishes to all!
CBRRA MANCO: Chris Willemse, Richard Bendel, John Powell, Brenda Herbert, Johan van Papendorp, Gus Millner, Helet Merkling, Byron Herbert, Alma Horn

City sells out more of our green spaces

CLIFTON 4TH BEACH DEVELOPMENT – 750 CAR PARKING GARAGE, SHOPPING CENTRE, HOTEL, RESIDENTIAL IN FRAGILE COASTAL GREEN SPACE! 


The iconic piece of land where La Med used to be (now the Bungalow restaurant), the Glen Country Club plus bowling lawns, part of the tennis courts and cricket field are to be sold by the City of Cape Town for well over R100 million. The proposed sale will result in the development of an 3-level underground parking garage with 750 bays, 2750m² of commercial retail space and a residential complex. It is doubtful wether the final development will be less than 10,000m² (larger than the Garden Centre).
Our Ward Councillors have claimed to be unaware of this proposal yet it appears Developers discussions with Council have been ongoing for some 4 years! According to the council, the properties were part of the mayor Patricia de Lille’s “strategic asset development initiative”. Another ASSAULT on our Green Spaces and Sports Clubs. Read more ››

We must not allow the Clifton Development to become a fait accompli; Ratepayers must stand together to prevent the face of our area from changing completely and irrevocably.
The CBRRA has joined with the Clifton Bungalow Association and addressed a letter of objection to the City in this regard. You can read it ‹‹here››. The residents of the area need to stand together to head off land grabs by the mayor which are only of benefit to chosen developers.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

ENS letter to CCT re Public Participation Process: Proposed Clifton Precinct Upgrade Project

The City Manager
City of Cape Town
12 Hertzog Boulevard
CAPE TOWN

Dear Sirs

RE: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS: PROPOSED CLIFTON PRECICNT UPGRADE PROJECT

We act, as you are aware, on the instructions of the Clifton-on-Sea and District Bungalow Owners Association (BOA), an, for the purposes of lodging this objection, for the Camps Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association (CBRRA), as well.

We herewith respond on behalf of both the BOA and CBRRA to the advertisement placed on 27 February 2015 in the Cape Times calling for motivated comments with regard to what is described an an "initiative" regarding the decision by the City Council on 26 January 2015 that a public participation process related to the disposal of portions of land, and/or the gaining of right to use control and mange certain other portions of land for the development of residential opportunities, structured parking, retail facilities and uses ancillary to there facilities on Erf 4568, a portion of Erf 148, Portions of Remainder Erf 345, and a Portion of Remainder Erf 4, all located in Clifton.

Your advertisement calls for motivated comments. Due to the paucity of information available concerning the "initiative" it is difficult for our clients to come forward wit motivated comments as the "initiative" is anything but clear. In addition, the "initiative" is rather unorthodox and appears not to have followed due process. However, and under full reservation of their rights, so as to comply with the provisions of the Promotion Administrative Justice Act, our clients have mandate us to put forward the following comments. In so doing we are instructed to record that all our clients' rights to deal further...  ‹‹read more››