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Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

Brass Bell allows public back onto beach and tidal pools

The Brass Bell in Kalk Bay has agreed to give the public unrestricted access to the adjacent beach and tidal pools.

The City of Cape Town signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday with the Brass Bell Restaurant and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to end the 18-month impasse over access to this area.

Kalk Bay residents were outraged when owner Tony White installed decks and a kitchen near the tidal pool without authorisation. This application process is now under way.

The agreement with the city therefore does not deal with the presence of the decks, since this falls under the mandate of the Western Cape's Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.

However, Belinda Walker, the mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, said White had to guarantee unrestricted access to the beach and pools.

He has also agreed to unrestricted access through the subway, which is to be open between 6am and midnight in summer from September to May.

The door at the southern end of the premises to the Kalk Bay harbour area must also remain open. Bells will be installed in the subway and at the door of the southern end to alert security to allow access to the public as needed.

In winter there will be unrestricted access between 8am and midnight, and Brass Bell security will be available from midnight to morning to grant public access. Walker said the owner would instal appropriate signage at both access points.

Furthermore, the restaurant would control public access to the children's pool and beach area, and would keep the area clean. Shower facilities would also be provided for public use.

'The city will be responsible for maintaining and managing the tidal pools and related infrastructure, installing visible signage indicating public amenities and coastal access beyond the subway, and assisting the Brass Bell restaurant and Prasa with any land-use applications if necessary. This will ensure that the infrastructure is retained for the use and enjoyment of all communities,' Walker said.

The owner must remove the restaurant furniture from around the pool to ensure adequate public space and access.

White could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Cape Argus

    
 

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