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. At the Inventories, Gradings and Interpretations Committee (IGIC) meeting on 16 February 2017, HWC was instructed to continue with the application indicating that the nomination is fully supported.
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.
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 leg to Gallow's Hill.
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
Please take a look at the documents below: