Have your say on trading plan

Informal traders in Claremont CBD.

A draft informal-trading plan for Claremont is out for public comment.

Grant Twigg, mayoral committee member for urban management, says changes in trading dynamics triggered the need to review the current plan.

The proposed changes would, among other things, address crime, provide bigger trading bays and make it easier for traders to comply with Covid-19 safety regulations, he said.

It will cost R197 a month to hire a bay.

According to Mr Twigg, the number of available bays will stay at 48 but some will be moved to areas perceived to have better trading prospects.

“Over the past 10 years, the number of permitted traders has stayed consistent at 48.

There are a number of trading bays that are at locations that are no longer economically viable and there has been consistent lack of interest from aspiring traders for these trading bays.

There has also been significant redevelopment in the Claremont CBD that has created new economically viable opportunities,” he said.

Last week, the Claremont Improvement District (CIDC) held a viewing of the daft plan outside its offices in Claremont.

CIDC executive manager Abdul Kerbelker said: “We are, in principal, in agreement with a trading plan that accommodates both formal business needs, within an environment that encourages informal trade.”

The public have until Wednesday October 7 to submit their comments. To view and comment on the draft informal-trading plan, visit www.capetown.gov.za/
haveyoursay or the Sub-council 20 offices from 9am to 3pm weekdays.

Comments can also be emailed to Janice.Adams@capetown.gov.za