Coun­cil­lor weighs in on Brass Bell gate ac­cess row

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KALK BAY ward coun­cil­lor Aimee Kuhl has slated the Brass Bell restau­rant, con­firm­ing there had been “long-stand­ing pub­lic ac­cess is­sues at the Brass Bell”.

Kalk Bay res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers this week lifted the lid on what they deemed dis­crim­i­na­tory prac­tices by the Brass Bell for years. Lo­cals lam­basted the restau­rant for block­ing mainly Cape Flats fam­i­lies from ac­cess­ing the beach over the hol­i­days. On New Year’s Day, a gate to pub­lic toi­lets, which was locked, had to be opened by law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, with author­i­ties say­ing con­trol over the gate rested with the har­bour mas­ter.

Weigh­ing in on the mat­ter in a let­ter to The Star’s sis­ter pa­per, the Cape Times, Kuhl said: “The Brass Bell was found to be in di­rect con­tra­ven­tion of an ex­ist­ing me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) signed be­tween the city, Tony White (the owner) and Prasa (which owns the land).”

She said rec­om­men­da­tions were made in Novem­ber but re­mained to be ac­tioned. These in­cluded se­cur­ing the tidal pool and beach as pub­lic space. “We will con­tinue to urge Prasa (Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of SA), in con­junc­tion with the Brass Bell, to ad­here to the re­quire­ments of the MoU,” she said.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Steve Her­bert said his con­cern over this holiday pe­riod has been that the gate has been locked, deny­ing the pub­lic the use of the recog­nised pub­lic walk­way from the sta­tion sub­way to the Har­bour Beach. “The MoU, as far as I know, says this gate should be open to all dur­ing the day. The city must deal with this. The mat­ter of the locked gate must be clar­i­fied so this doesn’t hap­pen again,” he said.

White and Prasa did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment by the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

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