Object to the proposed Emergency Displacement Area in Hughenden, Hout Bay
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There is an urgent need for as many South African rate payers as possible to formally object to the proposed Emergency Displacement Area (EDA) in Hughenden. The intention is to move approximately 600 to 1000 people, ostensibly temporarily, into public land not part of the current IY Development Plan zoning 20m across a small street from the Hughenden suburb behind the church and cemetery.
It is, of course, essential to provide proper living conditions for the victims of the fire and the Ratepayers of Hout Bay have made it clear (by action and word) that they are fully supportive of the community and the City in this regard.
Most importantly a failure to prevent this EDA process could lead to a legal precedent allowing future public land rezoning and/or acquisition within the greater Hout Bay and Cape Town area for informal settlements.
We contend that the City has been overly hasty in embarking on this option which will lead to dire consequences for the people being moved, the areas they are being located to and future consequences for the whole of Hout Bay.
There are better alternatives to properly and temporarily accommodate those displaced that the City has failed to carefully consider. This process needs to be concluded before sensitive public land can be re zoned as currently intended. Any argument that there is no time to conduct a thorough options review properly is flawed as the fire occurred in March 2017 and there is currently no immediate emergency per se.
We hereby appeal to at least all of Hout Bay's rate paying community to read the objections in detail and to write their own objection even if merely a single one paragraph objection.
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