MEDIA RELEASE: 3rd June 2012
NOORDHOEK ERF 453 NOORDHOEK FARM VILLAGE PARKING LOT DISPUTE
On 24th May 2012 the Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) in Bloemfontein denied the Old Cape Village Trust Leave to Appeal against the December 2011 ruling in the Western Cape High Court that it was in Contempt of Court and should demolish the tarmacadam parking area and signage columns on Erf 453 within 90 days. The Trust accepts and respects the SCA’s decision regarding the demolition of the permanent parking area and signage columns for which it had not obtained proper approval. In compliance with the Court Order the parking area has been closed.
An environmental consultant has been appointed to draft an Environmental Management Plan (“EMP”) which will guide the demolition of the parking area, signage columns and rehabilitation of the area. Demolition is expected to commence in July once approval of the EMP has been obtained from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.
The Trust expects that the closure of the parking area will lead to congestion and inconvenience for visitors and residents wishing to park in the Village, especially at peak times. Village staff and parking marshalls will assist as far as possible and visitors are urged to be patient and to park responsibly in designated parking areas and not illegally along Noordhoek Main Road and Village Lane.
The dispute over the parking area on Erf 453 goes back to 2007 when the Noordhoek Environmental Action Group (“NEAG”) initiated legal action against the trustees of the Old Cape Village Trust which had constructed a permanent parking area on its own land which is zoned as private Open Space.
Throughout this long running dispute the Trust has been informed by legal and townplanning advice which it has followed in good faith and will continue to follow in seeking proper approval for the parking area. As the owner of Noordhoek Farm Village the Trust has a responsibility towards its tenants and over 25000 visitors every month to provide a safe, secure and attractive destination. The overwhelming majority of residents in Noordhoek recognize the Noordhoek Farm Village as a catalyst for economic growth and employment in the area and have supported the retention of the parking area.
“We value the support that the Village has received from local residents, visitors and tenants alike over the past 16 years and we apologize for any inconvenience caused by the closure of the parking area on Erf 453. We also apologise to NEAG and its supporters whose legal action has been vindicated by the SCA’s decision.“
Trustee: Old Cape Village Trust
Enquiries: Jeremy Wiley, Old Cape Village Trust
Tel: 021 7891317 | Fax: 021 7891318 | www.noordhoekvillage.co.za
NOORDHOEK FARM VILLAGE CONTACT DETAILS:
Noordhoek Farm Village:
Info office tel: 021 789 2812
Management office tel no: 021 789 1317