APRA PUBLIC MEETING, 9 OCTOBER @ 19.00, THE WELL, 5 SUNBURY AVE

Dear Resident

We urge you to attend the next APRA public meeting on Monday, 9 October. We will be electing new committee members and giving feedback on several important issues, including:

Street patrols pilot project
Crime stats for Auckland Park
The work of the development committee
Responses to new buildings and applications for rezoning
Service delivery for AP
Community initiatives

The meeting will be preceded by a meeting to look at the ways in which the new Melville Precinct Plan (MPP) will affect Auckland Park. Please join us for that discussion if you’d like to contribute or find out what the MPP is all about.

Please send nominations for new committee members to aucklandparkresidents@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at one or both meetings.

APRA committee

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Electing new office bearers to APRA Committee

Dear Resident

‘Old’, new and departing APRA committee members

We wish to bid farewell to Willem Coetzee who has served on the APRA committee since its inception in 2014. Willem has been responsible for a number of matters related to communes, town planning, rezoning and development in Auckland Park. He has compiled a communes audit and a building and development audit for the committee, and he has spent countless hours at the COJ plans department checking on the progress of various applications and objections. He will be very sorely missed.

The original APRA committee has lost a number of members over the last three years due to work and family commitments, and a huge thank you is due to Willem, Shoyeb Manjra, Mohammed Gangat and Tinus de Jager who contributed enormously (Shoyeb as deputy chair and the person responsible for the groundwork on the security initiatives in AP; Mohammed for his work on security and communes; TInus for work on communications and setting up the website and Facebook page).

In light of these resignations we have co-opted a number of new members to the committee since 2016. We have also wanted to ensure continuity as October 2017 will mark the end of the three-year terms of office of current office bearers.

We would like you to consider nominating new committee members or running for office yourself.

We elect various portfolios but the reality is that everyone gets involved and assists with various matters.

The original APRA committee, elected in October 2014:
Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (chair)
Shoyeb Manjra (deputy chair) – resigned
Helen Vosloo
Mohammed Gangat – resigned
Mehmood Haffejee
Lucy Draper-Clarke
Jane Doherty
Tinus de Jager – resigned
Willem Coetzee – resigned

In 2016 we co-opted Bobby Madhav and Neal Gooch. This year we have co-opted Greg Kruger, Rethabile Sibisi, Greg James and Phildo Steyn.

We have also had two sub-committees in place for the last two years: the town planning sub-committee chaired by Willem Coetzee and the security sub-committee chaired by Neal Gooch.

The current APRA committee:
Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (chair person)
Helen Vosloo
Mehmood Haffejee
Lucy Draper-Clarke
Jane Doherty
Bobby Modhav (co-opted 2016)
Neal Gooch (co-opted 2016)
Phildo Steyn (co-opted 2017)
Rethabile Sibisi (co-opted 2017)
Greg Kruger (co-opted 2017)
Greg James (co-opted 2017)

The next APRA public meeting will take place on Monday 2 October at 19.00. Venue to be confirmed. We will elect new office bearers to the APRA committee at this meeting. Please diarise this important date.

Nominations for new committee members can be emailed to aucklandparkresidents@gmail.com
Nominations should include the CV of the nominee and a brief motivation from the nominator.

APRA Committee

Objections to rezoning applications

The form that needs to be completed for all rezoning objections is available in Dropbox through this link:
Once you have completed the form,  send it to

 or
drop the completed form at TOP PAINTS next to MAYS PHARMACY in Main Street, Melville
 Please also e-mail APRA to let us know that you have made an objection, and keep us updated on developments.

Second Saturdays

A big thank you to all who have participated in our Second Saturday events over the past few months. And a special thank you to CityWise and others who have given so generously of their time and resources to make the events a success.

We are going to take a Winter Break from Second Saturdays and reconvene in the Spring. We hope to see you then, reinvigorated and ready to get stuck in to keep Auckland Park clean and community friendly.

In the meantime we encourage you to continue to participate in the Park Days organised by the Brixton Community Forum (every second Saturday of the month) and the Saturday morning Fun Runs organised by Isobel Brits.

ABSA parkade at the Call Centre

Following news of a parkade for the ABSA Call Centre on the corner of Kingsway and Lothbury, a meeting was held on 15 May 2017 with representatives from ABSA and concerned residents of Auckland Park (chiefly from Streatley Avenue, which will be the most directly affected street).

The following is a brief report from the meeting:

On Monday 15 May, ABSA held a public meeting at their Call Centre premises in Auckland Park to present their plans for a parkade, which is being constructed between the Call Centre and Streatley Avenue to the north.

The three-storey high parkade, with capacity for one thousand cars, will have three entrance/exit points. Despite residents’ concerns that it will increase the already horrendous traffic congestion on Lothbury at rush hour, ABSA representatives assured them that the new parkade would ease the problems. As part of this aim, a designated “Drop Off, Pick Up” area will be constructed in front of the Call Centre.

Residents also raised concerns about the rezoning, which appears to have many irregularities including incorrect or non-existent erf numbers on rezoning documents and the lack of public notification. This is still being investigated.

Other concerns raised included: noise pollution, light pollution, privacy of neighbouring properties and landscaping as well as security, noise, dust and construction vehicles during the year-long planned construction. These were addressed by ABSA, who reassured residents that they will do everything possible to limit the impact of the construction. They also presented detailed landscaping plans which include transplanting all the existing indigenous trees on the property to the pavements on Streatley and inside the property to screen the Parkade.

We will publish further newsletters about this matter as it unfolds. The Streatley Avenue contact person is Jane Griffiths: jane@janesdeliciousgarden.com

APRA review of 2016

Dear Resident

What a year 2016 was. On all fronts!

We’d like to give you a quick summary of some of the successes and challenges of 2016, and look ahead to our plans for 2017.

1. DATES TO DIARISE

First public meeting 2017
Tuesday 21 Feb
19.00
Melville Junction Church, 5 Sunbury Avenue

2. SUCCESSES OF 2016
Widespread use of the Whatsapp street groups for important community information
In addition to the large AP Whatsapp group, we now have 16 street Whatsapp groups with almost 300 members.

We have street admins for almost all the streets who communicate directly with residents, and provide a liaison between the APRA committees and the residents.

We need volunteers street admins for First Avenue, Sunbury, Clieveden and Chiselhurst, so do let us know if you’d like to start one on your street, or join an existing group.
Improved security in Auckland Park
We are pleased to note that crime figures for Auckland Park have come down in the last several months (stats from ADT and SAPS). This is despite the perception created on social media that incidents are up. It is the presence of social media that in fact creates this perception (ie we are talking more about crime on various public forums so we get the impression that it is on the increase).

We have consolidated our MOU with ADT and continue to meet with them weekly in order to ensure good service delivery and the regular addressing of residents’ concerns.

We now have a 24/7 dedicated security vehicle for Auckland Park.

ADT has allocated part of their 2017 budget to pilot a License Recognition Camera project for Auckland Park.

We continue to campaign for households to sign up to ADT in order to improve overall security for the area and a unified approach to fighting crime.

We have established close ties with Brixton SAPS and meet with them on a weekly basis to discuss problems and strategies.

We now have Community Policing Forum (CPF) patrols in Auckland Park.

PLEASE NOTE: there have been several incidents in the last two months in which non-ADT residents have called the patrol vehicle to investigate incidents at their houses. ADT may not enter the house of a resident with whom they do not have a contract, and so we would ask non-ADT clients to keep this in mind. The patrol vehicle may be called to crime events in public areas and to the homes of ADT clients only.

Successful campaign to have the COJ reconsider the proposed pedestrian bridge at Campus Square.
After several stakeholder meetings, APRA and various interested parties managed to persuade the COJ to consider a proper street-level solution for the pedestrian and vehicle traffic problems at the Campus Square intersection (a more progressive and less expensive option).

Second Saturday clean up days implemented
APRA launched and held successful Second Saturday clean up days throughout the year. These were a good opportunity to clean up the streets and meet neighbours. We hope to continue these in 2017.

Kingston Frost Park Fun Run/Walk
The run/walk has started small, but we look forward to the growth of this community initiative in 2017.

Mapping of heritage sites in Auckland Park

Heritage sites in Auckland Park are now part of an official heritage map for the Corridors of Freedom zones.

3. CHALLENGES OF 2016
Loss of several committee members
We have lost 3 APRA committee members this year. We have co-opted people to replace these members, but will hold an election in 2017 to instal new office bearers. Since the current committee ends its term in October 2017 we are hoping that these new members will provide continuity for the next three-year term.
Inability to keep up with new developments, rezoning and building in Auckland Park
This remains an enormous challenge that we hope to address in 2017. Since AP is in the Corridors of Freedom precinct, we are subject to many applications for rezoning and development. We have found that we simply do not have the financial and human resources to challenge developments that we are opposed to and so we hope to find ways to address this going forward. We desperately need community involvement here, and we may also need to consider subscription fees for members in order to pay for appropriate legal advice for some cases.

4. SOME OF OUR PLANS FOR 2017
A more comprehensive approach to development in Auckland Park, which involves the formulation of a ‘Vision for Auckland Park’ manifesto and plan.
Greater community involvement in various initiatives (clean up days, public meetings, fun runs, etc).
Ongoing and increased communication and cooperation with various public and private stakeholders in the area (UJ, SABC, Campus Square, SAPS etc).
More comprehensive approach to the management of communes in the area.
More student involvement in community initiatives.

To achieve all of the above, we need YOU. If you can help in any way in 2017, especially in relation to development, planning and heritage, please contact us: aucklandparkresidents@gmail.com.

Have a wonderful festive season. Travel safely. Return refreshed.

With thanks and warm wishes,
APRA committee

 

What is your vision for Auckland Park?

What is your Vision for Auckland Park?

APRA has designed a survey to start collecting ideas about where we would like 2017 to take us in the development of Auckland Park. 2016 saw many positive changes, but we still have some way to go and we want to hear from all of you. What do you appreciate about our suburb at the moment, and what constructive ideas do you have to address some of the challenges?

Please click here to complete the survey – it only takes a few minutes to complete.

We will collate this information and present it at the next Public Meeting, planned for 21st February.

We look forward to your input and involvement over the months ahead.

APRA committee