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.
What is Green Point Common?
The original erf that was granted to the people of Cape Town, and vested to the City, was Public Open Space that covered the whole area between the buildings on Beach Road and Green Point Main Road and from Three Anchor Bay across to Fort Wynyard and along a long ‘tail’ leading to today’s Gallows Hill Traffic Department precinct. Since the grant in 1923 several changes have taken place, such as deductions, building and road construction and major landscaping. The City leases out portions to various sports clubs, and more recently started leasing out portions for commercial development.
What is to be protected?
Proposed PHS boundary options were presented to the Committee, which preferred Option C. This includes what we have called the historic core, and excludes the portion between Helen Suzman Boulevard, and the ‘tail’. However, the final decision over exactly what is included or excluded is still being discussed.
How is a PHS protected?
The City heritage officials are drafting a Heritage Inventory that describes, grades and maps all the heritage resources on and around the Common. Then a Conservation Management Plan lays out in detail what the heritage values are and their vulnerability, and what needs to be done to protect them. This guides heritage officials who make decisions about proposals.
The City can also zone the whole area under a Heritage Protection Overlay. This provides guidelines to officials who make decisions about development proposals.
How would the PHS be managed?
The City is the property owner and HWC is the heritage authority. The City enters into a Heritage Management Agreement with HWC (s.42 of the NHRA) in order to jointly manage the PHS. Most importantly, this Agreement lays out in detail who needs to do what under certain circumstances - it clarifies roles and responsibilities. For instance, where the City must get approval for an action from HWC or where it does not need to. What can happen in a given area, and what cannot.
Civic groups and members of the public have an important role in implementing and monitoring any plans or agreements. There are already several in place, including those negotiated with residents and ratepayers to regulate issues such as security, noise, traffic and litter for events. This new agreement relates specifically to heritage protection and management.
Revised nomination document
PHS boundary option