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Thursday Sep 20, 2012

No rub of the green for Camps Bay school

The Camps Bay Bowling Club is viable and the city can't kick it off its grounds to make way for a school.

Parents have called for the expansion of the Camps Bay Preparatory School and want the land being used by the nearby bowling club.

Tandeka Gqada, mayco member for community services, said the bowling club, over the road from the school, was a legal tenant.

"They have right of tenure until 2018. We cannot legally break our contractual agreement with them by forcing them to give up this land to the Camps Bay Preparatory School."

She said if the two parties were able to reach an agreement to sublease the land, the city would facilitate the process.

Gqada said the Camps Bay Concerned Parents Group had demanded that the city give the bowling club three months notice because the land was required for government purposes.

But for that clause of to be invoked, the bowling club had to be deemed "not viable".

" has been determined that the bowling club is, in fact, viable at the present time. However, this situation will be closely monitored and re-evaluated should the need arise."

Gqada hoped the two parties could reach a compromise.

There are two primary schools in the suburb - Camps Bay Preparatory and Camps Bay Primary - and neither have space for expansion.

The Cape Times reported earlier that the provincial Education Department wanted to make use of the entire piece of land to expand the two schools and had asked the Department of Public Works to assist.

Cape Times

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