Newsletter December 2016
The committee of the GPRRA sends good wishes for the holiday season to all Green Point residents and for a peaceful and prosperous new year.
NEW TEA IN THE PARK CAFÉ OPENS AT GREEN POINT PARK
Reliance, the leading organic compost provider in the Western Cape, are excited to announce the launch of their new Tea in the Park café situated in the tranquil Green Point Park.
Tea in the Park with its spectacular backdrop of Cape Town stadium and Table Mountain embraces a spacious outdoor terrace where you may enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea set with your friends, or spoil yourself with a tantalising variety of sweet and savoury options. Furthermore the menu offers a wide selection of fresh and tasty lunches, or simply a snack on the way, seven days a week.
GREEN POINT COMMON IS RECOGNISED AS WORTHY TO BECOME A PROVINCIAL HERITAGE SITE (PHS)
Nomination is supported in principle by HWC
The GPRRA and heritage officials at the City of Cape Town have made a successful joint nomination for Green Point Common to become a Provincial Heritage Site. In August 2016 Heritage Western Cape (HWC) agreed that the Common is heritage-worthy. It commented that it includes many sites of historic importance, but that the general heritage significance lies primarily in its long history as a public resource for sports and recreation. Before the decision is finalised, however, the applicants must demonstrate how the heritage significance of the site is to be protected and managed.
GPRRA’s AGM on 18 May had a record turnout
The recent GPRRA’s AGM on 18 May had a record turnout. Thanks to all residents who attended. The minutes of the meeting will be posted on this site in due course. Meantime herewith a brief summary of the proceedings.
GPRRA Chair Jenny McQueen and Vice Chair Luke Stevens gave informative introductory presentations regarding the work of the various committees. Stuart Burnett assured us of his committee’s vigilance in ensuring minimum destruction of our built heritage and preservation of public open space. Brenda King gave an account of her achievements in reducing the noise and disruption to residents from events at the stadium and surrounding areas. Councillor Jacques Weber gave a concise recap of the state of our village for 2015. Guest speakers included Brett Petzer on ‘Densification and its impact on Heritage and Open Space’ and Tina Krynauw’s presentation ‘’Recycle or Ruin!’ alerted us to the urgency to recycle with only two remaining landfill sites in Cape Town to cater from some 6000 tons that we dispose of per day.
Tina Krynauw’s presentation ‘’Recycle or Ruin!’
A must read for all Green Point residents
BET YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THERE WAS AN EVENTS COMMITTEE
By Paige Nick
Did you know that more than three hundred and something events take place in Green Point every year? Nope, I didn’t know that either until I was invited to join the Green Point Events Committee towards the end of last year.
In fact until then I didn’t even know there was a Green Point Events Committee. Every day is a school day. It’s part of the Green Point Rate Payer’s Association (I knew about that, but only vaguely) that runs a bunch of different committees, which see to the smooth day-to-day running of our area. All those things that just happen without us really noticing, like neighbourhood watches and recycling programmes and mountain-side clean ups. The little things that make Green Point the kind of place that sees people from all over the country and even the world, flocking here to enjoy some of those more than three hundred and something events every year.
Nomination of Green Point Common as a Provincial Heritage Site
CITY OF CAPE TOWN - 5 APRIL 2016 - MEDIA RELEASE
City identifies Green Point Urban Park and historic track as heritage sites
The City’s Mayoral Committee (Mayco) today identified the Green Point Urban Park and track as potential provincial heritage sites.
City’s Council amends and approves proposed water restrictions
City’s Council amends and approves proposed water restrictions
The implementation of Level 2 water restrictions was today approved by the City’s Council after an amendment to the report that allows for relaxed rules in certain instances. In addition to getting residents to tighten up on their water usage, this will have implications for their water accounts. In addition, the City would like to inform residents that they may experience a slight change in the taste and colour of their water going into summer due to lower dam levels.
Ward 115 - the new political home for Green Point
Earlier in 2015, the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) embarked on a process to rearrange ward boundaries. Because of growth along the Atlantic seaboard and in Hout Bay this was necessary to keep the numbers of registered voters in each ward below 18,950.
The GPRRA, along with many other members of the public has been feeding comments and recommendations into the process throughout the year. Green Point cannot stay within our current ward, Ward 54 and we will become part of a new Ward 115.
Whilst it is a pity that we will be separated from Sea Point (which remains in Ward 54) we move together with Mouille Point and join the V&A Waterfront and De Waterkant. The voting districts in De Waterkant have been split to allow everything North of Strand Street/High Level to become part of a unified ward. The good news here is that all the bits that were commonly referred to as Green Point will now actually be in Green Point!
Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) has moved to our neighbourhood
Held every Saturday at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the OZCF Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers.
At the OZCF Market customers can do weekly food shopping (veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli etc), try out some delicious cooked and raw foods and be inspired about helping to build an alternative food system. Additionally, customers can buy edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment.
Commercialisation of the Stadium
The City has entered the final stage in the process of commercialisation of the stadium and subdivision of areas of the Green Point Common.
The legal requirements triggered two processes for submission. The first, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was required for the stadium precinct itself, and the second, an application in terms of the Land Use Planning Ordinance (LUPO) concerns the subdivision and rezoning of both the stadium and remaining areas of the Common.
Recycling - Averda
Join this free initiative offered by Averda to improve our neighbourhood. Not only does recycling have a positive impact on the environment, it has been proven to reduce crime.
Here are more good reasons to be part of this initiative:
- free plastic bags are provided to store your recycling waste (to be used for recycling only not for garden refuse or ‘wet’ litter in City wheelie bins)
- it is crucial that we all recycle to reduce landfill and litter going into the ocean destroying marine life
- by law everyone should be recycling (although not yet enforced) – see notes below*
- you will be amazed at how little waste remains after recycling
What can be recycled: paper, glass, plastic (containers, cups, bags etc), cartons (tetra pack etc), tin, steel and aluminium cans, foam products (polystyrene), juice pouches and food packets. Bottles and containers should be RINSED. (No organic waste.) Averda will collect from your door once a week.