It has been made known that the iconic beach huts (those remaining) on Muizenberg beach are to be reduced in number or removed altogether due to their slow degradation and abuse by homeless people and other anti-social elements. It has been argued that they pose a threat and are expensive to maintain. It appears that this decision has been made without due consultation with the local community. Alternative proposals have been invited for their replacement with a windbreak only after some inquires and reaction on social media.
The removal of this important part of our heritage represents a capitulation to social ills and are a reactionary approach to a problem which needs to be addressed with alternative means as their removal will not address these problems.
Given that the Muizenberg beach huts are part of Muizenberg's heritage and are of such iconic and emblematic importance and symbolic of Muizenberg internationally,
and that the proposed removal is a drastic and ill-considered and ineffective action about which the effected community has not been adequately consulted
we the undersigned call for:
a) an immediate cessation of the removal plans and activities
b) a broad and thorough consultation with the community regarding their fate
c) a considered, and acceptable broad plan to address the maintenance of the beach huts and the social ills affecting the area holistically
The Save Muizenberg Beach Huts petition to Aimee Kuhl (Local Counciller) was written by Neville Sweijd and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.