W­he­re will P­lett ra­gers par­ty?

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - Yo­lan­de S­tan­der

P­let­ten­berg Bay re­si­dents ha­ve less than a month to com­ment on a­not­her ap­pli­ca­ti­on by P­lett Ra­ge or­ga­ni­sers o­ver a pro­po­sed ve­nue for the an­nu­al stu­dent fe­s­ti­val to be held in De­cem­ber t­his ye­ar.

The Bi­tou mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty pu­blis­hed a no­ti­ce last week that or­ga­ni­sers had sub­mit­ted a tem­po­ra­ry land use ap­pli­ca­ti­on for a por­ti­on of the Gan­ze Val­lei farm just out­si­de of the to­wn cen­t­re, for acti­vi­ties be­t­ween 1 and 7 De­cem­ber.

T­his fol­lows af­ter or­ga­ni­sers of the e­vent – which brings thou­sands of s­chool le­a­vers to the to­wn e­very ye­ar and con­tri­bu­tes a­bout R50mil­li­on to the lo­cal e­co­nomy o­ver the pe­ri­od – sub­mit­ted an oc­ca­si­o­nal land use ap­pli­ca­ti­on to the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty to host the fe­s­ti­val al­ong the to­wn’s po­pu­lar Cen­tral be­ach. The ap­pli­ca­ti­on is for t­his ye­ar’s fe­s­ti­val as well as for the next fi­ve y­e­ars.

The re­quest has dra­wn wi­de­spre­ad cri­ti­cism from va­ri­ous re­si­dents, or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons and bu­si­nes­ses who be­lie­ve the e­vent could ha­ve a ne­ga­ti­ve im­pact not on­ly on ma­ri­ne li­fe, but al­so re­si­dents and bu­si­nes­ses in the a­rea.

Bi­tou spo­kes­per­son Ho­ward Swartz ex­plai­ned that the Cen­tral be­ach ap­pli­ca­ti­on is still on­going and yet to be con­si­de­red by coun­cil, and that the most re­cent ap­pli­ca­ti­on in­vol­ves day-ti­me acti­vi­ties.

“The re­cent ap­pli­ca­ti­on is for grounds w­he­re the fes­ti­vi­ties con­ti­nue af­ter the thou­sands of ‘ra­gers’ le­a­ve Cen­tral be­ach,” Swartz said.

He ad­ded that the­se acti­vi­ties would run from 20:00 to 02:00.

At­tempts to obtain mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on a­bout the ap­pli­ca­ti­on ha­ve been unsuccess­ful. As­sis­tant pro­ject ma­na­ger Ash­ley Bro­wn re­fer­red que­ries to the P­lett Ra­ge Fa­ce­book Pa­ge. By the ti­me of going to print no in­for­ma­ti­on in t­his re­gard was a­vai­la­ble on the pa­ge.

Swartz said the ap­pli­ca­ti­on is a­vai­la­ble for in­specti­on at the mu­ni­ci­pal to­wn plan­ning of­fi­ce at Monks View in C­hurch S­treet du­ring of­fi­ce hours.

Te­lep­ho­nic en­qui­ries can be di­rected to Bi­tou’s to­wn plan­ner A­del S­tan­der on 044 501 3321.

Any ob­jecti­ons to the pro­po­sal should be lod­ged in w­ri­ting to re­ach mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger T­ha­bo Nd­lo­vu, Pri­va­te Bag X1002, P­let­ten­berg Bay, 6600. It can al­so be faxed to 086 457 3270 or be hand-de­li­ver­ed to the mu­ni­ci­pal of­fi­ces in Se­well S­treet.

The de­ad­li­ne for sub­mis­si­ons is Mon­day 6 No­vem­ber, which should in­clu­de the na­me and ad­dress of the per­son con­cer­ned.

P­lett Ra­ge draws thou­sands of s­chool le­a­vers to the to­wn e­very ye­ar and con­tri­bu­tes a­bout R50-mil­li­on to the lo­cal e­co­nomy o­ver the pe­ri­od, say the or­ga­ni­sers.

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