Exciting plans have been proposed by UCT for the creation of a city improvement district in the greater Groote Schuur area.

It is expected that the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID) will bring about a safer, cleaner and more exciting environment for all within the area. Anthony Davies, the former Executive Manager of the Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC) has been appointed by the University of Cape Town (UCT) to head up the formation of the GSCID as he did 10 years ago for the Claremont CID.

Special Rating Areas (SRA), previously known as City Improvement Districts (CID’s) allow for funding from statutory levies from property owners to provide additional security patrols and cleaning as well as other services, such management of the homeless.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) proposes to partner with commercial and state property owners of Newlands, Rondebosch, Rosebank, Mowbray and the southern precinct of Observatory (see map in the advertisement) in order to establish the GSCID. Specifically UCT proposes to partner with businesses situated in the area. UCT will provide funding towards the formation of the GSCID, commercial property owners will be called on to pay a small levy.

Dr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor of UCT, said “UCT’s commitment to the establishment of the GSCID stems from its desire to be a good neighbour and to contribute to providing a safer, more enjoyable, and cleaner environment to our immediate neighbourhood and to upgrade the Main Road business districts.”

Davies said, “I’ve been working with UCT over the last several months regarding the development of this very exciting, new challenge. This initiative, spearheaded by UCT, aims specifically to address and reduce the issues of ‘crime, grime and homelessness’ on behalf of the entire community. Research has clearly shown that prostitution and especially drug related crime are on the increase. Also something also needs to be done about lawless taxi behaviour along the Main Road.”

It is proposed that the GSCID will be operating from the July 1 2010 when a management board will be appointed in terms of the City of Cape Town SRA By Law of the City of Cape Town.

UCT’s Executive Director of Properties and Services, John Critien said, “UCT is committed to the establishment of the GSCID as the way forward to positively cement our relationship with the broader community and to contribute to making the proposed GSCID area a better place for all.”

Davies said further, “In order to satisfy the statutory application process a public meeting will be held on February 4 2010. This will be followed by advertising and objection periods. Initially, it will be necessary to obtain at least 50% plus one signed votes supporting this initiative from commercial property owners before 25 February 2010. After this process is completed it is anticipated that the full Council of City of Cape Town will approve the GSCID application.”

All interested commercial property owners, and members of the public, are invited to attend the Public meeting on Thursday evening 4 February (see advertisement for details).

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