The challenge to maintain public facilities in our city is no longer as simple as before, with various innovative means and methods required to maintain these spaces and places, including partnerships with the private sector. Is the Sea Point Development proposal a devastating developmnent, for a public facility requiring regular maintenance, or is it simply a poor design, which with necessary changes or revisions could significantly enhance the space in and around Sea Point?
Is it that bad?
Sea Point Pavilion Survives Developers Spade, For Now
The Seafront For All (Seafa) lobby group has announced that it won a battle to keep the popular Sea Point Pavilion bathing area from development, reports the Cape Times.
This is after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed, with costs, an application by On Track Developments to build upmarket hotels in the area. These would have seen the removal of the ever popular seawater bathing pools.
On Track had received approval from the City of Cape Town for the development, that is until Seafa appealed to the Western Cape High Court which ruled in its favour including in an appeal by On Track Developments.
Seafa chair Bennie Rabinowitz told the Cape Times that :” We are absolutely delighted with the decision. How unfortunate, though, that a 12-year-old city decision should have placed such a burden on civil society”.
He added that :” To protect public open space, we have had to incur costs of close to R2.5 million. While we may recover a percentage of this through the costs orders, we have had to engage in a huge fundraising effort and face a shortfall of about R1m. Order. The city should have protected this space”.