Carte Blanche producer Diana Lucas has been investigating the Ace Parking Scheme and its impact on small businesses in Parkhurst. Continue reading
The demand for access to information was served on the City on 6 March 2012 by Mervyn Smith Attorneys .
It is imperative that this document be distributed to as many interested/affected parties. Please forward or recommend it on social media networks.
Parkhurst and neighbouring representative residents and business owners attended an urgent public meeting on 1 March to discuss, amongst other things, the paid kerbside parking scheme restarted by the City of Joburg on the same day. 100% of attendees voted in favour of ‘The Concerned World Class African Citizens” campaign for free parking in Johannesburg suburbs and gave Cllr Tim Truck a mandate to pursue the matter in council and beyond.
In December 2011 people appeared on the streets of Parkhurst painting numbers on the kerbs. It emerged that in 2009 the City (represented by the Head of JMPD) had entered into a contract with Ace Parking Services to provide a parking management system for a number of areas in Johannesburg. The system had already been implemented in the CBD and Braamfontein. Parkhurst was next in line, with implementation due early in January 2012.
Uproar ensued and the community quickly made its voice heard: “Not acceptable!”. Besides the excessively high parking fees (R8 per hour) and other objections, Ace Parking made no provision for loading zones, disabled parking or parking for motorbikes and bicycles. The terms and conditions stipulated in terms of the Service Level Agreement had not been met. Local business owners believed the system was a threat to the sustainability of their businesses. Residents and businesses signed a petition raising more than 1000 signatures of which 60% where from Parkhurst residents. SAPS Parkview also expressed concerns about security risks the scheme might pose. A practical problem with the scheme is that it had been designed for an inner city environment and not residential neighbourhoods.
Should one mega-rich individual be allowed to change the entire character of Parkhurst? At last night’s meeting we heard that The Attic and adjoining restaurants are to be turned into 3-storey (in reality possibly 4-storey) structures by Sheldon Bakos. Needless to say, residents are once again being held hostage to greedy development. Can this be stopped?
Thursday 1 March 2012 at 19:00, Parkhurst Primary School, Fifteenth Street
All residents, tenants, business owners and other interested parties are invited to attend.
On 11 February 2012 the Parkhurst community was shocked to find a notice saying that as of Monday 13 February our library would be closed “until further notice”. The closure was being effected without any prior warning or consultation. The community rallied against the closure, and with Cllr Truluck’s solid support, the decision to close the Library was reversed. Continue reading
We wouldlike to thank all those who participated in the Objection Meeting on Wednesday, 21 July 2010. 275 objections were signed and submitted to the liquor board and the lawyers handling the application. We will keep you updated on the progress of this as soon as we know more. If you’re on Facebook, join the group – I love Parkhurst, for more regular updates.