From the start of this month, a new community improvement district will represent Kenilworth after its application was approved last month.
On Wednesday July 1, the Kenilworth Residents’ Association (KRA), which served the community for close to 30 years, ceased to exist and the Lower Kenilworth Improvement District (LKID) came into being.
This comes after council approved the extension of the operating terms for 12 city improvement districts (CIDs), which includes Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC) and Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID), and the approval at the end of May of applications to establish four new CIDs.
LKID chairman Pete Linnegar said it had taken their committee two years of work to reach this stage, after most residents voted in favour of establishing the CID.
He said they were registering the non-profit company and complying with the
tax and other formalities.
Mr Linnegar said that among other things the LKID would improve safety and security and the cleanliness of the streets and public areas.
“All of our property owners will contribute a small incremental amount on their rates bill, which will be used to fund these objectives.
“The City will collect these amounts and transfer them across to our non-profit company, and we will have full control of the use of these funds,” he said.
Mayoral committee member for urban management Grant Twigg said the directorate would continue to foster partnerships with organisations and entities that shared the values, mission and vision of the City.
“We will continue to work with, assist and support communities that take initiative in their own progress and development.”
The LKID area is bounded by Kenilworth Road to Wetton Road and Rosmead Avenue to the railway line.
Mr Linnegar said residents could look forward to a safer, greener and cleaner neighbourhood in the years ahead.