PRE-1870 COT­TAGE STAYS

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - Karen Pre­to­rius

IT’S been a 20-year bat­tle to save the his­toric Blou­bergstrand cot­tage, High­clere, but last week its grade three her­itage rat­ing was en­dorsed and it’s to be put on the provin­cial

her­itage reg­is­ter.

At a meet­ing of Her­itage Western Cape on Fri­day at­tended by City of Cape Town of­fi­cials, the ur­gency of pro­tect­ing the cot­tage at 6 Rancke

Road was high­lighted fol­low­ing mul­ti­ple court bat­tles to pre­vent its

de­mo­li­tion.

The cot­tage is owned by Blue Peter Hold­ings. The first ap­pli­ca­tion for de­mo­li­tion was in 1998, but it was re­fused by the then Na­tional

Monuments Coun­cil. Other de­mo­li­tion ap­pli­ca­tions fol­lowed in 2011 and 2015. It did not have

per­ma­nent pro­tec­tion, but on two oc­ca­sions it had three-month pro­vi­sional pro­tec­tion from the city.

Her­itage ac­tivists and res­i­dents, rep­re­sented by the Habi­tat Coun­cil, fought tooth and nail for High­clere to be saved. It is one of the last two flat-roofed cot­tages along the West Coast and pre-dates 1870. It was the hol­i­day home of Sir Lang­ham Dale, Cape su­per­in­ten­dent-gen­eral of ed­u­ca­tion be­tween 1859 and 1882.

Har­riet Clift, from the

City’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­source Man­age­ment depart­ment, said: “It’s ur­gent for Her­itage Western Cape to en­act the reg­is­ter. It’s been nearly 20

years.”

May­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for trans­port and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment Felic­ity Pur­chase said the cot­tage had “a high de­gree of au­then­tic­ity de­spite the degra­da­tion of its his­toric fab­ric due to long-stand­ing ne­glect”.

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