Con­cern o­ver ‘so­ci­al hou­sing’ in suburb

George Herald - - NEWS - A­li­da de Beer

Re­si­dents of the King

Ge­or­ge Park and Die Bult neig­hbour­hoods for­med a re­si­dents' as­so­ci­a­ti­on ye­ster­day, Wed­nes­day 11 A­pril, to e­na­ble them to re­gis­ter as an in­te­rested and af­fected par­ty in an ap­pli­ca­ti­on pro­cess fo­ra new de­ve­lop­ment on land in their midst.

They de­ci­ded t o for­ma u­ni­fied front af­ter le­ar­ning that the land, a­but­ted by King Ge­or­ge Ho­tel, Die Bult and King Ge­or­ge Park, has been e­ar­mar­ked for so­ci­al hou­sing. They fe­ar the ef­fect it will ha­ve on the va­lue of their pro­per­ties. A dis­pro­por­ti­o­na­te in­cre­a­se in traf­fic cau­sed by a den­se de­ve­lop­ment is al­so a con­cern. Traf­fic flow to and from the neig­hbour­hood is al­re­a­dy chal­len­ging, they say.

God­frey Louw, a re­si­dent in the neig­hbour­hood who was e­lected as chair­man of the new as­so­ci­a­ti­on, said a con­cept de­ve­lop­ment ap­pli­ca­ti­on has been han­ded in at the Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty. "We want to ma­ke su­re that our in­put du­ring the ap­pli­ca­ti­on pro­cess is he­ard and we be­lie­ve we should do it as an of­fi­ci­al as­so­ci­a­ti­on to be mo­re effective."

Met­hod of sa­le

A­not­her is­sue they wish to con­tend, is the met­hod of dis­po­sal of the land by the We­stern Ca­pe Pro­vin­ce to

Po­wer Con­structi­on (Pty) Ltd. The 'sa­le' was ad­ver­ti­sed la­te last y­e­ar. The ad­ver­ti­se­ment sta­ted that the er­ven we­re dis­po­sed of for the pur­po­se of hu­man sett­le­ment de­ve­lop­ment. The pri­ce was R1 per erf for two er­ven: 21028 (3,252 hec­ta­res) and 21029 (0,857 hec­ta­res).

My­ron Ra­bi­no­witz re­por­ted for the Ge­or­ge He­rald last y­e­ar that the We­stern Ca­pe Go­vern­ment i­den­ti­fied t­his as well-lo­ca­ted land for "af­for­da­ble hou­sing". Mu­neera Al­lie, spo­kes­per­son for the De­part­ment of

Hu­man Sett­le­ments, told the news­pa­per at the ti­me, "The trans­fer of the pro­per­ty to the de­ve­lo­per is nee­ded by the de­ve­lo­per as se­cu­ri­ty to obtain a de­ve­lop­ment lo­an to de­ve­lop the pro­per­ty. Con­di­ti­ons will be ta­ken up in the tit­le deed that the pro­per­ty can on­ly be u­sed for af­for­da­ble hou­sing to sa­fe­guard the pro­vin­ci­al go­vern­ment." Mo­re de­tails a­bout the ap­pli­ca­ti­on could not be obtai­ned from the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty be­fo­re the news­pa­per went to p­ress.

P­ho­to: A­li­da de Beer

God­frey Louw (left) was e­lected as chair­man and Ja­c­ques Lou­rens as de­pu­ty chair­man of the ne­w­ly for­med Die Bult King Ge­or­ge Con­cer­ned Re­si­dents’ As­so­ci­a­ti­on.

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