In The Herald of September 2, the article, “Reprieve for clubhouse after demolition delayed”, informed the public that the demolition of the Sardinia Bay Surf Lifesaving Club building had been put on hold. What welcome news!
At least there is a breathing space now in which the future of the clubhouse and, in fact, the future of the resident volunteer surf lifesaving club itself can be discussed.
However, of concern – and one has to wonder if this, in fact, was the main reason behind the almost indecent haste to demolish this clubhouse – was the revelation by Kupido Baron that “a service provider had been appointed to tear down the building, at a cost of R700 000”.
Seriously – as much as R700 000 to demolish this building?
Second, an article in the same edition, titled “Call for tourism focus on disabled” refers.
With positive ideas in the article by both the NMBM and municipal official Anele Qaba on the right of the disabled to tourism facilities in the Bay, it pains me that – under current planning – access to Sardinia Bay beach for the disabled will continue to be non-existent.
A process for the amendment to the environmental impact assessment authorisation for the retention of the existing car park and the expansion of this car park northwards to enable continued public access to Sardinia Bay beach is currently under way.
However, my input regarding the absence of access for the disabled, the very old and the very young to Sardinia Bay beach has been greeted with the response, “The NMBM makes provision for the elderly and disabled people at a number of beaches in the metro (eg Summerstrand and Humewood areas)”.
If the rogue dune blocking access to the terminus of the Sardinia Bay road would be rerouted to follow its natural course eastwards along the coast – and allow the public access to the existing parking at the terminus of the Sardinia Bay road – access could be provided for the elderly and disabled to Sardinia Bay beach, the beach itself would be replenished with sand so that the Sardinia Bay Surf Lifesaving Club would have a serviceable clubhouse on the beach from which to continue serving the swimming community, and the Bay would have one of its finest beaches once again and be easily accessible to all.
Perhaps the R700 000 earmarked for the demolition of the Sardinia Bay Surf Lifesaving Club could be better used more constructively towards rerouting the dune to make Sardinia Bay beach accessible to all?