St Francis Property Owners - SRA ProjectsProjects being undertaken under the SRA (NPC)
Special Rated Area
The SRA came into affect on the 1st August 2018 when a majority vote of property owners within a demarcated area of St Francis Bay (see map of below) voted to have a 25% levy added to their municipal property rates to fund desparately needed projects and services to reverse the deterioration of the beach and roads and combat rising crime within the town.
To best administer the SRA, a separate Non-Profit Company (NPC) has been registered with a Board of Directors who shall oversee and manage the projects that fall within the intended scope of the SRA.
These projects are:-
- Security (CCTV)
- Beach & Spit
Other projects, services and events that require funding either in full or in part are adminitered by St Francis Property Owners Association with funds collected through membership fees and donations. These projects will be published from time to time when they occur.
There are 141 CCTV cameras on 42 poles at various critical points around St Francis Village and Canals which are monitored by a state of the art 24/7 Control Centre.
All security agencies including the SAPS, Neighbourhood Watch, Calibre, Smhart and G4S are fully briefed and working in collaboration to control crime.
What you need to know :
- Each pole has signage with the contact number for Atlas Security highlighted.
- Each pole is also numbered with a unique identification number. This is the critical number to quote each time the control centre is contacted. This will allow the highly trained staff monitoring the control centre to immediately identify the exact position of the incident. Calilbre Security will then be contacted to activate their reaction team to the site of the incident.
- Please take the time to identify the pole numbers nearest you for ease of use.
Obviously we ask you all to make use of this facility responsibly and only in times of real need.
The cameras cover the main entrances/exits to St Francis Bay, the main arterial roads from the Canals, through the Village CBD, to Harbour Road and Tarragona Road. We have sited cameras covering certain bridges, high traffic pedestrian areas and the beach. We have also included three camera poles with multiple cameras at three major intersections between Santareme and the Port. We have also sited cameras on certain intersections into the Sea Vista township.
Overview on Road Upgrades
One of the major undertakings of the St Francis Home Owners is the upgrading of the St Francis road network, some of which require urgent attention. The first priority will be the major arterial roads. These include:-
- St Francis Bay Entrance
- Lyme roads, North and South intersections with St Francis Drive
Whilst also a priority, some of the secondary roads will considered on application and suggestions from street committees on road surface preferences. Some of the secondary roads that will receive urgent attention include Sunset Drive amongst others.
An excellent example of how effective street committees can be in reparing their road is Arthur Lane where the residents worked together in raising the funding and employing a contractor to repair their road. .
Beach & Spit
Overview on Beach & Spit
- River, Spit and Beach
The restoration of the river, spit and beach remains the top priority.
In terms of the SFPO’s agreement with the Kouga Municipality, they will focus on the short term protection of the spit, whilst the SFPO will focus on the long term solution. Advisian were initially appointed to design the long term coastal protection and sand retention structures. To ensure that we attain an integrated approach we expanded Advisian’s scope of work to prepare a preliminary design of revetment structures for the spit area. The result is a design that integrates the relationship between the groyne field, beach nourishment and the spit revetment.
Coastal & Environmental Services (CES) are undertaking the necessary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the long term beach protection project. CES is a respected environmental consultancy with a 25 year track record.
The EIA process is expected to be completed within approximately 12 months, and the installation of infrasture is scheduled to commence early 2020.
A part of CES’s assignment is to identify and quantify suitable sand sources for beach nourishment and to obtain environmental authorisation and any other permits required to utilise these sources. The Kromme River was previously identified as a potential source of sand. Since then the build-up of sand in the Kromme River increasingly affected the navigability of the river. Restoring the navigability of the river also specifically forms part of the sand sourcing investigation.