Lens Lines - October 2014

A message from the Chairman of the Hout Bay Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association
 
The appalling living conditions of those living in Hughendon Estate, goes from bad to worse. The “Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations”, which legally should apply to the
inhabitants living there, as well as those around them in Dontse Yakhe – is totally ignoredby the authorities. Everyone in the area has been abandoned by the City of Cape Town.
 
Promises made to re-locate those living illegally on the mountainside to a TRA (Temporary Relocation Area) have not been kept.

 
The mountainside has become one huge cess pool of faecal matter, as squatters continue to defecate (often publicly), in front of Hughendon residents. Juvenile thugs roam the streets in the area, stone the dogs of their Hughendon Estate neighbours, shout verbal abuse, carry knives and intimidate all those trying to live peacefully in the area.
 
When the opportunities arise these thugs break into homes, destroy and steal.
 
We have asked again and again for the Hughendon emergency gate to be installed, but now the situation has worsened and we ask on behalf of the Hughendon Residents, for a solid wall to be built there to keep the marauding thugs out and the Hughendon residents safe.
 
The City owes this to those living there to have a safe and clean environment. The Executive Mayor needs to get to grips with the torrid conditions and comply with the
residents’ Constitutional Rights. The Municipal elections are less than 18 months away, and the voting public of Hout Bay are aware of their rights. This situation
needs action now!

PROPOSED POLYCLINIC ON THE HOUT BAY COMMONAGE

Introduction

The proposal by the Government of the Western Cape for a large polyclinic on the Hout Bay commonage is inappropriate and does not fit in with the Plan for the commonage, and is of great concern as it will further erode the remaining Open Space and render the Commonage almost completely depleted – the commonage is the only sizable bit of usable Public Open Space remaining in Hout Bay. 

Len's lines

A message from the Chairman of the Hout Bay Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association.

All is not what it seems in this Idyllic Valley

As I was considering what I would say in this last Hout and About for 2014, I came across this article which I felt I would like to share with you, as it synchronised with my thoughts - it appeared on the back page of The Good Weekend, Sunday Argus 30th November 2014 written by Tim Roston entitled, “The hike from Noordhoek to Chapman’s Peak provides a workout in nature”.