Sea Point needs a CID

Posted On Thursday, 16 August 2001 03:01 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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A Public User Survey conducted amongst the business community, employees, shoppers, residents and tourists in the Sea Point area has revealed that the implementation of a City Improvement District (CID) would make a significant impact on Sea Point's residential and working environment.

Darren Wilder

Following the success of CIDs in areas such as the Cape Town central city and Green Point, and in terms of the tangible benefits that a CID can deliver, motivated residents and property owners in Sea Point have decided to reclaim the area by forming an Interim City Improvement District Committee. The area proposed for the Sea Point CID will at first be concentrated in the area bounded by Glengariff Road, Main Road, Kloof Road, Clarens Road, Regent Road, Queens Road, and Beach Road.

The draft business plan makes provision for a levy of 13% for Sea Point, which is consistent with both Green Point and with Oranjekloof (lower Oranjezicht and Kloof Street).

Says Darren Wilder, Director of Spearhead Properties and Interim Steering Committee member of the Sea Point City Improvement District, 'It is clear that with the level of problems which face Sea Point, that 13% as a levy is the minimum we require to make a difference to Sea Point's environment.'

The business plan will raise R1.9-million per annum, of which 52.1% will be spent on public safety and security alone. 20.5% is set aside for supplementary maintenance and cleansing, with the balance attributed to marketing, management and staffing.

Property owner support for the initiative is currently being obtained. 51% is the requirement for the formation of a legally binding CID.

'Sea Point has for many years experienced a decline, despite some concerted efforts to make it clean and safe. 'On the one hand, it has seen a high degree of investment, while on the other, it suffers many problems which are not only seriously threatening the success of the area, but have the potential to impact negatively on Green Point, the Central City and the Waterfront, given its very strategic geographic positioning.

'The results of the Public User Survey bear this out'.

86.9% of respondents felt that public safety and security measures needs to be stepped up in Sea Point. Drug dealing (93.2%) and prostitution (86.3%) were seen as major contributors to crime. Homelessness, vagrancy and street children were cited as major problems, and 73.2% felt that informal parking attendants contributed to the unacceptable crime levels in the area.

Just under 40% of respondents felt that cleansing and maintenance needed attention.

'Given the demands on local government, the most effective approach to solving problems is through the tried and proven intervention of the private sector through the establishment of a CID in the Sea Point area.

'In particular, Sea Point has a relatively high number of business ratepayers, which in terms of rateable value, would render a CID in the area a financially viable option.

'This is a perfect opportunity for ratepayers to claim back their area and take pride in their environment. For many years, ratepayers have been looking for a solution, and we believe that in terms of what has been achieved both internationally and locally, that the CID model is the only practical option for all of us in Sea Point.'

Cape Town Partnership's CEO, Michael Farr welcomed the Sea Point initiative because of its close proximity to the Central City CID and because it neighbours the Green Point CID.

Says Farr, 'The Cape Town Partnership is playing a facilitating role in the formation of this CID, because we believe that Sea Point has an enormous contribution to make to the further development of Cape Town as a world class destination'.

Farr welcomed Sea Point's move as a triumph for the CID model.

Coming out in support of a CID in the area, the Interim Committee Chairperson, Chris Joubert, encouraged all property owners to come on board and support the initiative by attending a public meeting at the Protea Hotel Sea Point (formerly the Arthur's Seat Hotel), Corner Main and Arthur Streets in Sea Point on Tuesday 28 August at 18h00

Last modified on Monday, 19 May 2014 10:48

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