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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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

Faster internet for our neighbourhood

Remember to complete the quick survey below by the end of today to help motivate for fibre-based internet to come to our neighbourhood. See the details below provided through the I Love Melville Facebook page.

Residents and Small Business Owners of Melville, Westdene, Auckland Park, Richmond and Brixton:

IMPORTANT NOTICE! IMPORTANT NOTICE!

GREATER MELVILLE FIBREHOOD

To demonstrate that there is a high demand for a high speed fibre-based internet service in our area YOU need to complete the 3 minute survey in the link below on or before FRIDAY 4 SEPT:

https://ilovemelville.typeform.com/to/QWfars

The survey intends to gauge level of interest and is not in any way a binding commitment.

You need to complete this survey even if you have previously completed a survey in regard to broadband.

YOU want a high speed fibre-based internet service because:
1. The overall cost for a similar service will be cheaper – one does not require a Telkom telephone line (approx. R160 per month)

2. Centralised CCTV cameras could be installed on the back of the fibre – dramatically improving neighbourhood security

3. Property prices will improve as the area becomes more sought-after.

4. It has the potential to increase businesses in the area.

This information is crucial to ensure that a fibre to home network is rolled out in our area as soon as possible.

Any queries please email fibre@ilovemelville.co.za