Beach rehab under way

A budget of R6.5 million has been approved to rehabilitate the storm-ravaged Big Bay beachfront in time for the summer holidays.

Sub-council 1 chairwoman Cynthia Clayton told last week’s meeting, in the Royal Ascot chambers, that rehabilitation was progressing well.

The beach was closed after eroded dunes collapsed, following a violent storm two months ago (“Official injured at beach”, Tabletalk, June 14).

Ward 23 councillor Nora Grose said she would be watching the project with a “hawk’s eye” to ensure that everything went according to plan.

Ms Clayton said construction of the Dunoon library, which began in March, was 28 percent complete.

“Both local labour and local contractors are being utilised in the construction of the library,” she said.

A housing project in Dunoon was also in the pipeline, she said, as discussions about available land had taken place with Brett Heron, mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, and there would be another meeting with him next month.

An application for the extension of liquor trading hours at the Big Bay Pick * Pay from 6pm to 8pm between Monday to Saturday was approved. Another application for an extension of liquor trading hours at the same store for Sundays from 11am to 6pm was also approved.

Ward 5 councillor Helen Carstens submitted a motion to sub-council 3 last week asking for “redundant” pedestrian lanes in Bothasig to be closed.

She said people now had cars and no longer walked where they needed to be, and the lanes had become a hot spot for dumping and underage drinking.

Lanes with electricity meters, she conceded, would not be easy to close.

“I’m aware of a number of lanes that have been closed in Pinelands, Woodstock, De Tyger and University Estate,” she said.

Ms Clayton welcomed new sub-council staff, including secretary Gail Hoffmeester and administration officer Kenneth Snippers.

The next Sub-council 1 meeting takes place on Thursday September 21 in Atlantis.