LYNNWOOD Resident’s Association / Inwonersverenigin
Postnet Suite 231 Private Bag/Privaatsak X25, Lynnwood Ridge/Lynnwoodrif 0040
Chairperson/Voorsitter: Kobus van Eeden
Fax/faks: 0866 715 201
Secretary/Sekretaris: Wendy Kilfoil
8 October 2012
Dear Lynnwood Resident
We have just heard that the Metro has approved the following developments in Lynnwood:
- Six residences, with flat corrugated iron roofs, in Farmers Folly on a 2 500 sq m site (equal to 25 units per hectare!)
- The Menlyn node development that will treble traffic volumes in Atterbury Road (the responsible senior official is of the opinion that residents will “just have to adapt thereto”)
- The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, with bus stations on the corners of Lynnwood andKings Highwayand Rosemary and Atterbury
- A block of 50 Flats on the corner of Kings Highway and Farmers Folly as well as on a 2 500 sq m site in Rosemary between Atterbury and Sussex
- Classification of Kings Highway as a ‘mobility spine’ in terms of the RSDF (Regional Spatial Development Framework) with subsequent residential densification of up to 60 units/ha (15 units per 2 500 sq m site!) the whole length of Kings Highway.
Certainly not! Should the above scenarios materialise, it could mean the end of Lynnwood as a sought-after residential suburb and residents may well have to start looking for other residences with only one half? one third? of the value of their properties in their pockets.
And this is not just talk! It is recorded in Metro documents. The Metro has already approved the Menlyn node development despite tremendous public opposition (legal action is being considered and the final word has not been spoken on this issue yet). The other possibilities are being considered very seriously indeed and if residents do not oppose them vehemently, they will go through.
We cannot rely on the Metro to look after our interests. They are purely interested in densification, regardless of the cost to residential areas that function effectively. Currently the official guideline is 25 units/ha as a minimum (it used to be 16) and with the BRT the plan is to increase density to 200 dwelling units/ha within 400 m walking distance from stations (that is equivalent to 50 m/ dwelling unit!)—hence the scenario above.
Yes, standing together as residents is the only way we have any chance of achieving anything. Consider this:
- If Ward Councillor Siobhan Muller hadn’t mobilised residents against the proposed Rietvlei Soccer development, it would probably have gone through.
- If she and the residents of Lynnwood hadn’t fought tirelessly over many years to clean up the Frik Eloff Park, the new fence wouldn’t have been erected and vagrants would still have been present there.
- If she and the residents hadn’t fought to have the open area alongside Lynnwood Road enclosed, it would by now have been a major taxi rank—and this virtually next to the Menlo Park High School!
Dear resident, let us therefore now stand together as never before! You can start by firstly renewing your membership of or joining the Lynnwood Residents’ Association (LRA) in order to have your voice heard. Membership is only R 100 per year—refer the attached membership form.
Secondly, you can attend the Annual General Meeting of the LRA that will again be held in the Trinity Church Hall, c/o Lovers Walk and Rodericks, on Tuesday 23 October at 18:45. Cllr Muller will enlighten us on all the developments planned for our suburb by the Metro and she will be assisted by experts who will shed more light on the BRT and its implications for Lynnwood.
Thirdly, you can make yourself available to serve on the Management Committee of the LRA: the Chairman and three members will be retiring and it is really critical, given the direction the Metro is moving in, to have a properly structured and functioning Committee to adequately address the challenges facing us, especially in the coming year. If we cannot elect a strong Committee, the LRA cannot function as it should and then the real possibility exists that the LRA could be dissolved, with nobody then looking after the interests of residents on a coordinated basis. Little time is asked of Committee members—there is only one meeting per month.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 23rd!