Muizenberg may lose a number of its iconic huts but not those on the main beach area.
The City has opted to reduce the number of beach huts and remove those which are on the eastern side, close to the river mouth, that are no longer used, and which are in a poor condition.
Ward councillor Aimee Kuhl has asked for input from the community on the issue. “As part of identifying a range of actions to be undertaken to enhance our coastline, the issue of the beach huts was raised,” she said.
Huts to be removed at the eastern side have not been functional for many years and the doors were removed over a year ago due to the anti-social behaviour that was happening in the area.
The line of huts pose a public security risk as criminals have been observed using them as a way of “ambushing” beach users in muggings.
The huts are again being increasingly used for overnight shelter and they no longer serve any public purpose and cost public funds to maintain and secure.
Ms Kuhl said the iconic photographic value of the will be retained at the main beach area.
“As part of this process we are looking at refurbishing the beach huts at the main beach area to make them functional once again and usable to the broader public benefit,” she said.
“We encourage the community to put proposals forward how a windbreak could look that can be erected in the place of the East side huts. They could possibly pick up the design of the huts,” she said.
Proposals in writing are to be sent to Gregg.Oelofse@capetown.gov.za