Sub­urb greener, cleaner, more se­cure

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

IT IS im­pos­si­ble to list all the changes and im­prove­ments that have taken place over the past 16 years, how­ever, no one will deny that the Green Point of to­day is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent place to what it was in 2001, says Marc Truss, CEO of Green Point City Im­prove­ment District.

Here are key steps he points out:

There has been a mas­sive im­prove­ment in terms of light­ing, paving and green­ery (plant­ing trees) through­out the en­tire Green Point area.

One good ex­am­ple is the new look and feel of St An­drew’s Square as you en­ter Green Point from the city cen­tre.

“We were re­spon­si­ble for this im­prove­ment and be­lieve the lawns and trees sur­round­ing Prest­wich Me­mo­rial (the orig­i­nal home of Truth Cof­fee) has made a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence. It is a beau­ti­ful green, open space for the peo­ple of Cape Town to en­joy, and it does a great job in invit­ing peo­ple into our area.”

Har­bour Edge was one of the first big res­i­den­tial/ com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ments in the area, and this was a cat­a­lyst for more to come, such as Soho, Me­trop­o­lis, Dock­side, Key­side, The Vic­to­ria Foundry, Sov­er­eign Keys and Som­er­set Square.

In terms of the Green Point City Im­prove­ment District se­cu­rity team on the ground, they started with four foot-pa­trol staff, one ve­hi­cle and a to­tal of 10 staff. The staff com­ple­ment is now over 30, with four ve­hi­cles. It has 12 of­fi­cers on ac­tive duty all day and works with two law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

For clean­ing the area, it has used the ser­vices of Es­sen­tial Clean­ing, as well as Straatwerk, which pro­vides em­ploy­ment for home­less peo­ple in the area.

Green Point CID of­fi­cers are on ac­tive duty all day in the area.

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