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Tuesday, 30 June 2015



HELD AT The Rotunda, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay,  15 April 2015 @ 18:50


The Chair welcomed everyone. He thanked Maree Brink and The Bay Hotel who are always most generous with their hospitality, and special thanks here to the Bay’s coordinator, Darryl Gouws and his team, for all of the arrangements. Also to Johannes Lategan who made the wine available.
He also thanked Ann Caras and Mary and Brian Lloyd who man the membership table, for their tireless efforts.
He extended a special welcome to our guest speakers Ian Bowker (Head of the City’s Road Pavement and Materials Department), Adrian Good (Ourhood smartphone app), Ian Merrington (Chair of CBW)..
He extended a warm welcome to Cllrs. Marga Haywood and Jacques Webber. They will each give a short address on matters pertaining to CB. As always, this is also an opportunity for you to address them on issues that are of concern to you, the ratepayers of Camps Bay. In Jacques case, he will address the Clifton development issue.


2.1. Apologies: Johan van Pappendorp (CBRRA wishes him a speedy recovery)

2.2. Minutes for last Public meeting held 3 March 2014 was posted on the blog.  There were no queries raised and they were accordingly approved.

The closure of Camps Bay Drive between Geneva Drive and Rontree Ave was sprung on us last week.
The first most of us heard of this was in the press on Monday – CBRRA received official notification late on Monday afternoon – and this is simply not right. The need to upgrade the road is accepted - but that there was no attempt by the City to engage with the local civic groups as to the best manner in which to deal with the inevitable traffic chaos that will result - is unacceptable. One can only begin to imagine what the intersection at the bottom of Geneva Drive, with Camps Bay Drive, will be like in even normal conditions – with the traffic light on Victoria Rd effectively only allowing a few cars at a time to enter from Camps Bay Drive. It will be like New Years day every day!!
I’ve sent a letter to Brett Herron, the Mayco member for transport, urgently requesting a meeting between him and the local civics and hopefully, we’ll be able to at least make some contingency plans before next Monday.
On a more technical level, Mr Ian Bowker, the City’s Head of Pavement Materials and upgrading, has kindly agreed to address this meeting to explain the need for this upgrade.
Per Ian Bowker
The road surfaces and pavements are poor and the lane widths are too narrow particularly for busses.
It is now essential to widen the roads and at the same time they want to fix the road surfaces so that will last for the next 20 years.
Plan is to widen the road from its current 6 metres to 7.4 metres.  The extra 1.4 metres will be on the mountain side and the centre line will be moved 0.7 metres so each lane is 3.7 metres.
A new “lookout point” by Prima will also be created and curves in the road will be softened.
There is a very short window to do the project (must be done before October).

4.    CHAIR’S REPORT (per Chris Willemse)

4.1       Manco
I am very pleased to announce that Neil Gardner has been co-opted onto the Manco and Eban Tucker has put himself forward to serve from this meeting forward. Formal elections will only be held at the AGM in mid-year but obtaining the services of these 2 gentlemen is a massive boost to the committee.
Neil is a long-time resident of CB, having settled here in 1968.  Neil has had a long and distinguished career in the property field and brings that broader knowledge and perspective to the CBRRA in its dealings with local property matters.
Eban is known to most of Camps Bay, having served on the teaching staff at CBHS since 1977 and retiring last year as the head of department.  Eban has also served on many sporting committees in Camps Bay and he brings a wealth of local knowledge to the CBRRA Manco.
We will have to forgive him for being a Blue Bulls supporter!
The remaining 9 members remain dedicated to the task of ensuring the sustainability and well-being of Camps Bay, despite the many severe pressures placed on it but, as always at our public meetings, we need to encourage more people to volunteer their time for this essential civic function.
The Manco thus is made up of the following members:
Chris Willemse (Chair) - Ward Committee (74) and Planning
Richard Bendel (Vice Chair) - Membership and Finance 
John Powell - Ward Committee (54) and Planning
Brenda Herbert - Planning and Events and CPF
Johan van Papendorp – Planning & Environmental
Gus Millner - Membership
Alma Horn - Membership and PR
Helet Merkling - Clifton
Byron Herbert - Beach and Events
Neil Gardner
Eban Tucker

4.2       Advertising
CW asked how the community reacts to CBRRA’s advertising, i.e. surface mail vs e-mail.  The majority were happy with e-mail (which is obviously cheaper)

4.3       Buskers on the beachfront
The problem of the buskers on the beachfront has resulted in a proposal to create a formal busking area over the site of the kiddie’s paddling pool (in front of the Promenade). CBRRA’s Johan van Papendorp has sketched a very interesting plan to incorporate this area into a special focal space, which can be enjoyed by all using the beach. The proposal is sitting with the Parks branch and we await their further action.
Unfortunately, with Johan being in hospital, he cannot present the layout – but it will be posted on the CBRRA blog shortly.

4.4       Fibre optics (FO)
Wayne Smith of the CB Watch has been monitoring this roll-out obo the community and more detail can be had on the CBW website.
Basically, Telkom are the only provider to install any FO cabling and that is only over about 40% of CB and most of Clifton. It is believed that the remainder of CB might be completed by the end of the year.
The area of coverage is between Geneva Drive and Camps Bay Drive.
It must be pointed out that Telkom still has to make a physical connection from the trunk into potential subscribers’ homes.

4.5       Bowling Club / School
The Camps Bay Prep School expansion onto the bowling club land has been discussed extensively over the past few years and raised at our previous public meetings. There has been quite a lot of activity in this matter recently.
Most of you will have heard of the City’s decision to give the club 3 months notice ito its lease agreement. This was done at the end of January this year.
The CBRRA continues to attempt to facilitate a shared deal between the club and school. There continues to be positive dialogue between the two parties and the survival of the bowling club, although not assured, should certainly be possible. CBRRA firmly believes that the club has every right to exist and prosper, as it has been doing over the past few years, into the future. We will not give up and urge the school to be as flexible as possible in the negotiations.
The CBRRA continues to have concerns on 2 issues regarding this arrangement:
Firstly, will the WCED honour any agreement reached by the school in the current negotiations?
Secondly, the City has insisted that this is a 10-year non-renewable lease. This is clearly problematic to the school, which needs a more secure lease.
So, it remains very worrying to the community that the land might be sold by the City to developers after the expiry of the WCED lease. Certainly, it would be much easier to sell off City-owned land that is zoned education, rather than the process required to dispose of public open space.
In any event, the CBRRA continues to be actively engaged in this matter and regards it as most important to the future of the village.

4.6       Little Glen
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Arthur Shephard publically for his Herculean efforts in upgrading the Little Glen.
If you haven’t been to the Glen lately, do yourself a favour and go and see the amazing work that has been done. Thanks Arthur.

4.7       CID / SRA
At the last meeting, Marc Truss of the Green Point City Improvement District outlined the basic workings and desirability of a CID or SRA. As you will recall, this is when a particular area votes to be registered by the City as a SRA and then effectively controls certain functions within that area through a management committee. Residents have to pay a relatively small, mandatory top up amount on their rates bill and this goes mainly to subsidize additional services connected with the so-called crime and grime problems. We continue that theme tonight and will, hopefully, make a more detailed presentation at our next meeting, including input from the Llandudno Civic Association, which has recently successfully registered such an SRA.
The need for professional control of our suburb is long overdue. It is becoming increasingly impossible, both from a time and financial point of view, to properly protect this beautiful village from crime, over-development and the general interference that does not have the area’s interests at heart. The voluntary civic groupings need a specialized management team to ensure that the will of the community is effectively managed on a day-to-day basis.
To give his perspective on this, Ian Merrington (Chair of CBW) discussed the current problems encountered by CBW (eg relying heavily on a small group of people and lack of funds) and with these problems the long term sustainability of CBW could be under threat.  By having an SRA, additional funds would be raised and additional resources would be available to ensure the safety and security of the community.

4.8       Clifton Development
The proposed Clifton development between The Ridge and Glen Beach has certainly raised many flags. Most of them a very bright red.
In a nutshell, Mayor de Lille pushed through a Council decision to commence a public participation process in this regard with, what we regard, as undue haste. Basically a month to comment on what is a very large, complex proposal. Essentially, the advert describes the interim conceptual development as being for:
·       A 3-level underground parking garage with about 750 bays (btw, the Gardens Centre has parking for 600 cars!!!);
·       about 2750m2 of commercial space including an anchor retail tenant, a limited number of boutique line shops, the possible relocation of the La Med restaurant;
·       the rationalization of the active recreational facilities in the precinct which includes the bowling greens (including the potential development of a covered bowling green), retaining the cricket oval, retaining the tennis courts;
·       conserving and enhancing the use of the natural spaces in the precinct for active recreation;

A raft of concerns have been raised by the public, with most people doubtful of the intentions of the City.
The CBRRA and the CBOA have teamed up to try to unpack what is really going on here, as the proposal is very sketchy and the sketch drawing provided not even that much of a sketch.
ENS has filed a letter of comment obo both civic groups within the short time frame available. This letter objects to the curtailed time-frame, raises issues regarding the paucity of information provided by the City and questions the whole need for such a development.

The GCC and CTC have also commented on the proposal.
It is clear that the terms of the proposal are opaque to say the least but before we go running off, fuelled by rampant speculation, we need to ascertain the real solid facts.
To this end, CBOA have appointed Janey Ball to manage its process.
Janey is famous, along with Bennie Rabinowitz, for the successful challenge to the development of the Sea Point pavilion under the banner of Seafront for All. CBRRA hopes to dovetail into this arrangement.
Neil Gardner has, with the help of his son John, very speedily got a website ( up and running, which will give you the factual background to the matter as it stands now. In time it will be expanded to include not only updates but hopefully be interactive as well.
This is a major challenge to our open spaces and support and funding will be crucial if we are going to be effective in retaining our green heritage for the benefit of all of CT’s residents and tourists.
Dave Marais, the City’s Property Development representative was welcomed to stage and gave the City’s side of this matter.  Some aspects he mentioned were the need for the city to get a decent return on their assets, develop this area that is under-utilised and looking in a shoddy state amongst others.  There were a lot of questions posed to him from the floor mostly raising concerns and objections for the way the process has been done as well as what is currently envisaged. 
After Dave Marais spoke, Chris asked for a Mandate from the community to support the CBRRA Manco to challenge Council on this matter.  This mandate was overwhelmingly received with just about everyone in support.

5.         OURHOOD
Chris welcomed Adrian Good from Ourhood which is a community based app that can be downloaded on smartphones. Adrian discussed how the app worked and the benefits to any community.  All residents were invited to download the app and register.  The more people in the community who register, the more the benefits will be.

Our 2 Councillors (Jacques Weber – Ward 54) and Marga Haywood (Ward 74) gave an update of what had been happening in their respective Wards.

7.        PLANNING
On the planning front, Chris emphasised that it was important to consult with the CBRRA planning subcommittee before signing off on neighbours’ plans. We are here to help you.
Chris mentioned that the volume of applications is steadily increasing and that we are noticing a tendency to request a raft of departures, title deed removals and consent uses. It almost seems as if the Zoning Scheme is there to establish the minimum parameters of a design, rather than the maximum.
The CBRRA responds to every non-compliant application and files a letter of comment in every case. This is followed up with further representations at Subcouncil level. So, all in all – a lot of work…but it has to be done. Which is why we ask for volunteers….
8.         FINANCE (Richard Bendel)

Richard Bendel gave a brief overview of the current cash position of the CBRRA and the latest with regards the Harrison matter. 
With regards the Harrison matter, CBRRA now has a taxed bill of R294k owing to Council (with interest accruing from November 2014).  Of this, CBRRA has already paid a lumpsum of R150k meaning about R150k is still owing.  We have proposed paying this off at R60k per annum so it should be paid within 3 years.  After the payment of the R150k, we have a cash balance of R130k.
We also owe Harrison an amount of between R75k – R95k (the taxed bill was R75k, but Harrison has taken this on review, but we have been advised that the maximum it can be is R95k).
We currently have about 300 paid up members and we urge all ratepayers and residents to make their nominal annual contribution.
Due to the Clifton Development matter mentioned above, we are looking to set up a separate fund to raise money for this

8.              MATTERS ARISING

None were raised.

9               GENERAL

There were no further questions from the floor.

The Chair thanked everyone for coming and declared the meeting closed.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015



A celebration of the life of Arthur Shephard will be held on 

Thursday 11 June 
at 16:30 
The Rotunda, The Bay Hotel, in Camps Bay 

Everyone is most welcome. 
Parking is available from the Camps Bay Sports Club parking lot.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

News 24: Community slams City decision

An area around Clifton 4th Beach, known as the Clifton garages, has been approved for sale or lease in a multipurpose development. But locals say the approved proposal is not what they were given to comment on. PHOTO: nicole mccain

A public participation process for the Clif­ton precinct upgrade has been dubbed “fundamentally flawed”.
This after the City of Cape Town council supported the in-principle sale or lease of sections of four erven, referred to as the Clifton garages.
The City-owned land between the Clifton bungalows and Camps Bay, which currently includes the Glen Country Club, Maiden’s Cove, a sports oval and garages for bungalow residents, is regarded by the City to be in a degraded state and provides somewhat limited access to the oceanfront for residents and visitors, says mayoral committee member for finance Ian Neilson.
The proposal suggests the sale of land for the possible development of a three-storey parking lot and over 25 000m² of retail space. It also looks at rationalising the facilities at the Glen Country Club and the Bungalows restaurant area.
A public participation process for a proposal to upgrade the area around Clifton 4th Beach closed in April (“Input for new plan”, People’s Post, 10 February).
Media reports have estimated the development is worth R100m.
The public participation process, which ran for just over a month, was “hardly a lengthy process”, says Clifton Organised spokesperson Janey Ball.
“It’s taken less than two months for the ­issue to go from public participation to full council,” she says.
The initial consultation process was only related to the in-principle sale or lease of these properties, Neilson says. It has met the necessary requirements. All comments received were included for consideration.
“This process has not been rushed.”
The Clifton upgrade is a project in the five-year development plan of the City. A number of City-led initiatives around the development have already been undertaken, including a precinct upgrade plan, the drafting of development guidelines and discussions with the provincial government on the feasibility of establishing a public-private partnership for this development, Neilson says.
But the report that was tabled in front of the council differed considerably from the one made available in the recent public participation process, Ball insists. The new plan suggested increased development compared to that which residents commented on.
The new proposal has changed specifications and caters for 40 bungalows and a boutique hotel, Ball says.
The council proposes the development of a residential area, in the same bungalow-style as the existing dwellings, to be located on the cricket oval site, Neilson says.
“The latter would be relocated to a more appropriate site in this area, where it would replace an unsightly car park. A proposed underground parking facility would be established out of sight, below the level of the current bowling greens,” he says.
“Most of the development that we foresee, which includes the establishment of a small commercial zone with a high street of sorts, is proposed to take place on the site that is already developed.”
Camps Bay Ratepayers’ Association chairperson Chris Willemse says the public was shown a “pathetically inadequate proposal” and the process has been “awfully ­irregular”.
“What the councillors saw is not what we saw. That makes it a fundamentally flawed process.”
A concept urban design framework is being drafted as a basis for public discussion.
“We are hoping that this framework will address the shortcomings,” Neilson says.
Discussions about the upgrade have not been rushed in any way, he insists.
“The garages are dilapidated, large areas of tarred parking are unsightly and buildings are below par. We are now embarking on an in-depth engagement about our proposals for this area which will inform the urban design and tender processes,” he says.
“We are, amongst others, suggesting that the area be developed for residential opportunities, an underground parking garage, retail facilities, and uses ancillary to these facilities as well as the redevelopment and relocation of sports facilities.”
Public engagement meetings are expected to take place this week.

Nicole McCain
News 24
2015-06-09 06:01

Friday, 5 June 2015

Clifton, Camps Bay ratepayers outraged over proposed development

Cape Town - Atlantic Seaboard representative groups have slammed the “rushed” process under way which could see the land between the Clifton bungalows and Camps Bay become home to a major private development.
As owner of the land, the City of Cape Town is suggesting that the "degraded” area be developed for residential opportunities, an underground parking garage, retail facilities as well as the redevelopment and relocation of sports facilities.
The erven currently include the Glen Country Club, Maiden’s Cove, a sports oval and garages for bungalow residents and provides somewhat limited access to the oceanfront, confirmed deputy mayor and mayoral committee member for finance Ian Neilson.
“The garages are dilapidated, large areas of tarred parking are unsightly, and buildings are below par.
“At the same time, there is much need in the area for enhanced facilities – including additional parking for both residents and visitors and enhanced access to a safe waterside pedestrian way that could link Camps Bay through to Bantry Bay and Sea Point, with opportunities for pedestrian linkages to Kloof Nek and restaurants.”
But local representative groups argue that the speed at which the proposed plan is developing is concerning.
Janey Ball of Clifton Organised said the initial proposal published in February was vague and did not allow the affected parties to make informed contributions to the public participation process.
“The comments sent to the City in response were almost exclusively against the plan,” she told News24.
After an initial public consultation, council supported the in-principle sale and/or lease of sections of four erven.
'Sustainable asset for the future generations'
Neilson said the City is proposing that the sections of these land parcels are “ultimately developed and managed as a sustainable asset for the future generations of Cape Town, by the private sector”.
“The City wishes to see the transformation of this area to make the beach, ocean and recreational facilities more accessible to all Capetonians, while protecting the natural vegetation; to enhance our local and international tourism potential; and to unlock investment to potentially drive job creation.”
Ball said this is laughable as the exclusivity of the proposed private development, which she explained included a boutique hotel and 40 bungalows, “hardly makes it accessible to the public”.
Camps Bay Residents and Ratepayers Association chairperson Chris Willemse agreed that the proposal received by the organisation earlier this year was “pathetic and lacking”.
“There has also been minimal discussion and detail given to us as the local ratepayers. This plan is being pushed through with undue haste.”
He said the state of the properties could not be used as a reason for development since the City, as the landowners, “should have looked after its property in the first place”.
The local organisations will meet with the City next week to discuss their concerns, Willemse and Ball confirm.
'Process is rushed and suspicious'
Ball added: “I am mindful of our privileged position in society and that the City would like a decent return on investment. But all parties need to be satisfied. To say this process is rushed and suspicious is an understatement.”
Neilson in a statement said discussions about the potential upgrading of this area “have been ongoing for many years and have not been rushed in any way”.
The public is invited to give input into the plans “to guide us and to engage with us” to help determine the parameters and checks and balances for the proposed tender process.
“A concept urban design framework is currently in progress as a basis for discussion with the public. We are hoping that this framework will address the shortcomings identified in this area.
“With the help of residents, we can ensure that the correct controls are in place and that the proposed development is to the benefit of all.”