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Various representatives of the Municipality where invited to the monthly meeting of the Pringle Bay Ratepayers' Association with a view to giving Committee members a better understanding of the various responsibilities of those in the Municipality and keeping alive our good working relationship with them.

Some of the topics discussed were:-

Igloos: The building of 'igloos' would be strongly discouraged as they were considered unsightly although they complied with SABS regulations.

Incom lete Buildin s: The issue of house occupation before building completion was raised. The Committee was advised that plans need to facilitate partial

occupation, however it could not be just a garage. It was also noted that although industrial development was not permitted in Pringle Bay, two such businesses existed which employed quite a number of people.

Partial Residential Occu ation of Commercial Premises The partial residential occupation of commercial premises was raised. It was confirmed that a departure-of- use approval was required before such occupation had been allowed.

Buildin Line Relaxation:

A new property in Stream Road was requesting a relaxation of the building line. It was noted that such a request soundly motivated would be favorably considered. However, buildings that were too large

for the land would have to be scaled down or built on a larger stand.

EIA: The question of who triggered the need for an EIA, e.g. on a wetland was also discussed.

Commercial Parkin : On commercial parking provisions, there was a requirement that small plots provided 50% of their parking on the property and 50% off the property. There were also parking provision rules for extending business premises.

Communit Hall: The terms regarding the contract for the maintenance of the Community Hall were being discussed and clarified as it was felt the Pringle Bay community should not be held responsible for maintenance of the building.

Retirement Village: It was noted that the inspection of the proposed site for a Retirement Village had been well attended. The municipality had no objections but the developer would have to decide whether he was prepared to spend money on the required EIA.

Medical Care: The question about medical care being available was raised and it appeared that there was provision for a registered private day hospital.

Chamber of Commerce: It was noted that there was a move to generate a more active Pringle Bay Business Chamber of Commerce which would investigate an art route to attract visitors to the village.

Arabella Develo ment: The proposed Arabella development was being guided by various conservation organizations, including Kogelberg Biosphere Association and the Kleinmond Nature Conservation Society, none of which were planning to oppose the latest application.

Sewera e & Water Tariffs

Pringle Bay, Rooi Els and Betty's Bay residents were all concerned about the new sewerage tariffs, and a query had been raised concerning Hermanus' water tariffs affecting our billing. This was being investigated.


With an ever widening network of residents acting as 'eyes and ears' to alert the police, security companies or anti-poaching bodies of potential problems, your Community Watch is quietly growing in reach and strength.

The village needs everyone's help – so find out who your Zone Manager is and offer your help. A few hours a week can make an enormous difference to making this the safest village in the Western Cape!

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