SRA Vote delayed

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.

Read the full SFPO June newsletter here

SRA Llandudno

 

Gourmet to Go

Gourmet to Go opens in the village

Well known St Francis Bay Chef, Rose Carter recently opened her shop “Gourmet to Go” in the village and it is a must visit. Situated next door to KC Properties behind the pharmacy in the it is already proving to be a popular and much needed addition to shopping in St Francis.

No longer will you need to wait for the monthly market to savour Rose’s offerings which have long been in demand at the Market. SFT ‘s first visit to Gourmet to Go  this week could easily have broken the bank such is the choice of delightful food on offer but discipline and a realisation that I could return the next day rather than stocking up as one normally has to do when shopping at the market.

My choice on this my first visit was a really generous slice of pork pie to take home for lunch and for a mid-morning snack, the nicest sausage roll I have ever tasted. So generous was the pork pie slice that it actually was enough for two lunches.

Popping in the following day to take some photographs for this article the temptation was simply too much and I left, not just with a few photographs but also a chicken pie and a slice of cheese cake.

Gourmet to Go offers a wide choice of frozen dinners to take away (see menu) and certainly makes life easier for us single types and no doubt for busy moms on those days where she just doesn’t have time to prepare a family supper.

Gourmet to Go has a small but delightful choice of products either for a sweet tooth or something more savoury and Rose will be taking orders for fresh vegetables that will be delivered fresh from the farm to the shop that customers can order in advance. She has also in the process of introducing some deli items including a range of cheeses and cold meat cuts.

Pop in to Gourmet to Go during your rounds of St Francis for we can almost guarantee you won’t leave this delightful little ‘shoppe’ empty handed.

 

Goodie on display at Gormet to Go

Fresh produce and vegetables at Gourmet to go

Deligtful choice at Gourmet to Go