Kalk Bay harbour parking area gets a facelift

Kalk Bay harbour parking area gets a facelift

From: the City Of Cape Town

23 February 2018

The parking area at the Kalk Bay harbour has received a much-needed facelift. Apart from the newly surfaced parking layout, the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) has added paved walkways to the rocky shoreline along with benches, streetlights, and a recreational area for markets, fairs, and exhibitions during community events.

The upgrade of the Kalk Bay harbour parking area formed part of the Main Road rehabilitation project which included the restoration of parking areas along this scenic route from Muizenberg to Clovelly in the Far South.

‘At first glance the upgrade of the parking area at the Kalk Bay harbour may not seem that important, but the revitalisation of this area makes a huge difference to the local community and visitors. Previously the traffic along Main Road would back up considerably with long queues forming due to the constrained parking conditions at the harbour.

‘We have improved the access to the parking area by formalising the layout with asphalt surfacing and line markings. These measures assist with traffic flow along Main Road which is very busy during the tourist season, over weekends, and during peak hour periods on weekdays,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

An important aspect of the rehabilitation project was to increase the versatility of the area through intelligent urban design, and additional features.

‘We have, for example, added a play area for children, as well as a paved recreational area next to the parking area which can be used for markets, fairs, exhibitions, and other community events. We have installed benches along the walkways to the rocky shore where visitors can watch the sunrise over False Bay and Simon’s Town in the distance.

‘Again, the walkways may not seem that significant but, coupled with additional streetlights and the benches, the features make this area more accessible to the public so that they can fully enjoy the natural beauty of this space with its 360 degree views,’ said Councillor Herron.

New red brick stairs lead from the parking area to the lower section of the harbour.

‘The retaining wall is cladded with sandstone that was excavated during the rehabilitation of Main Road in prior months. Previously, visitors had to walk around the parking area and in the traffic to get to the lower section of the harbour below. Thus, the steps provide safe and easier access to visitors,’ said Councillor Herron.

The local community was involved in this project right from the start.

‘We presented concepts to residents who made suggestions. Their contributions were taken into account and I am happy to say that we have received overwhelming support for this project. We can achieve a lot and can make this city even greater when we work together. I am confident that visitors and the local community will benefit from this upgrade for years to come,’ said Councillor Herron.

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The Burning Hills of Cape Town

The Burning Hills of Cape Town

The massive fire raging in the southern peninsula mountains is set to burn for at least another two days – perhaps longer.

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Fire Rages in Cape Town’s Deep South

Muizenberg Fire
Image: Shirene Brielle

Firefighters are still trying to extinguish the blaze which is burning in the Far South.

According to a report from City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne, the fire started on Sunday afternoon in Muizenberg and has spread all along the mountain slopes to Noordhoek.

He says four helicopters were deployed on Monday morning as most of the flames are inaccessible to ground staff.

“Several properties in the Noordhoek and Sun Valley area have been damaged in the fire and at this point we are trying to keep the rest of the properties safe. The fire has already stretched to De Goode Hoop Estate.”

South Peninsula Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says two of the properties affected are in Steenberg Estate and two in the Far South.

“I have been on the scene all morning and these are the only properties I know of. Noordhoek Manor was also evacuated and we have moved residents to Nerina Gardens, False Bay Hospital and the NG Kerk in Fish Hoek,” she says.

She confirms that Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman’s Peak and Boyes Drive are closed.

Motorists are now using Main Road but several residents have reported major delays.

Simon’s Town residents report a travelling time of 1.5 hours between Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay.

STOP / GO ON MAIN ROAD KALK BAY MON 28 JULY

stop goPlease note that following further testing of the new 700mm diameter water main using a non-destructive gas detection technique, a leak has been detected in the pipe at a position just opposite the Holy Trinity Church.  This position coincides with a reducer where the 600mm diameter pipe joins the 700mm diameter pipe.  It is suspected that one (or both) of the two flexible couplings at this reducer has failed.  No other leaks in the main were detected.

In order for Civils2000 to effect this repair it is going to be necessary to operate a short length of Main Road opposite the church under stop/go traffic control conditions.  Work will start at 09:00 on Monday, 28 July and unless additional unforeseen repair work is necessary, it is expected that the road will revert back to normal two-way traffic flow conditions by 16:30 that evening. However, if it is found that additional work is necessary, the excavation will be temporarily backfilled for the night and will be re-opened the following day (Tuesday) so that the repair work can be completed that day.