SRA Vote delayed until 2018
Reading the St Francis Property Owners newsletter that was circulated yesterday, it indicates that the targeted implementation date is now set for 1 July, 2018 should the SRA application be consented to by the majority of property owners and the Kouga Municipality. No doubt this will allow detractors some relief but it will also give us all an indication of just how much the municipality can deliver in terms of what improving the decaying infrastructure in St Francis.
With the commitment to improving the lot of the poor communities in the Kouga region it is doubtful we will see the needed finance for projects being allocated to St Francis and more likely any allocation will not even scratch the surface of what is needed. The reality is that the decay will not be arrested if money is not allocated and will become more critical, and more costly, a year on.
Reading an article published in the Sunday Time (included below) one must say the St Francis Property Owners decision on the vote criteria is extremely fair when reading how the ‘vote’ is decided in the Llandudno SRA. From the article it seems the value of one’s property dictates how many votes a home owner is allocated rather than the ‘one property one vote’ adopted by the St Francis Property Owners association. Had this ‘value’ format been set by SFPO there would undoubtedly have been even more resistance to the SRA concept than there has been. Thus far no one has come up with a better option so it still seems the only way forward, like it or not.
An interesting suggestion by a number of property owners is that SFPO start collecting money now. Obviously SFPO cannot enforce such a collection but the suggestion is that those property owners truly concerned with progress possibly start paying a levy equal to that proposed levy as a donation to kick start projects now rather than wait a year for what could be inevitable.