Following an article on St Francis Today on Thursday readers posted a few questions regarding report of road upgrades happening at the entrance to St Francis Bay. We approached St Francis Property Owners Asscociation Chairman Wayne Furphy.

The queries were

Regarding the upgrading of the roadworks and taxi facilities at the Links circle:

  1. Prior to proceeding, surely there should have been some sort of formal public participation process before the final designs were approved ? and is this not a legal requirement ?
  2. The roads contract has been awarded, and work is now in progress. Was there any sort of public, transparent and competitive tender process followed by the SRA before awarding the contract ?

If there was, I apparently missed it, my apologies. If there wasn’t, why not ?

The SRA is operating on a mandate from 50%, plus a few, of the property owners in the Village/Canals SRA Area; which is only about 25% of all the property owners in the whole St Francis Area. The SRA Levy contributions partially being utilised for this work are surely considered public money, and should therefore be controlled in the appropriate transparent manner.

A clear statement on this aspect of the SRA operations seems to be required from the SRA or KLM, especially to avoid any perceptions of ‘tenders-for-pals’ gaining traction in the community.

AND

Was an EIA done in respect of the roadworks at the circle and the pathway???

I only ask because it seems to me that we waste a hell of a lot of money on, to my mind, unnecessary EIA’S

Wayne Furphy replied

We are very aware of the fact that we are spending property owners money and we conduct ourselves accordingly.

  1. An EIA was not required for either the roadworks at the Circle nor the Pathway.
  2. Public participation was done for the upgrade to the Village entrance at the Circle at our public meeting at The Links in December as well as included in the SFPO newsletters and other forums.
  3. The SFPO NPC have issued and awarded a number of contracts to-date including:
  • the CCTV RFI and RFP process (all security arms in St Francis Bay were included in this process via the Sfb Police Sector Forum)
  • the Phase 2 Long Term Solution Design project for the Beach and Spit: Due to the specialist nature of the work required an invited bidding process was followed. Four of the leading coastal engineering companies was invited to submit proposals and we appointed Advisian (part of the Worley Parsons Group) to undertake the engineering design.
  • the EIA for the Phase 2 Long Term Solution: We recognised the importance of appointing a suitably qualified EIA consultant to ensure that the process is undertaken professionally and expertly. Again an invited bidding process was followed and three capable consultant companies were invited to tender and we appointed CES Environmental and Social Advisory Services (CES).
  • the Upgrade to the Village Entrance (Circle). Our engineering road consultant, Engineering Advice & Services (EAS) compiled tender documentation, managed the tender process, including the evaluation of tenders received, and we appointed the contractor in accordance with their recommendation.