Revised informal trading plan for Claremont CBD gets green light

The Council-approved revised informal trading plan for Ward 59 will see existing informal trading bays being better placed for economic opportunities in the Claremont CBD.

The revised informal trading plan will create a total of 63 trading opportunities. These are located as follows:

Corner Dreyer and Corwen Street, erf 140700-Re1
Corner Vineyard Road and Main Road, erf 579853
Corner Main Road and Stegmann Road4
Corner Main Road between Stegmann and Hawthorne Roads3
Corner Main Road and Roscommon Street7
Corner Main Road and Warwick Street5
Corner Pearce Road and Warwick Street2
Corner Main Road and Ralph Street6
Corner Grove Avenue and Main Road3
Corner Main and Station Road3
Corner Ralph Street and Station Road2
Corner Ralph Street and Fir Street10
Corner Main Road and Newry Street10
Corner Newry and Fir Street3
Corner Vineyard Road and Dreyer Street, erf 574801

Subcouncil 20 requested that the City’s Area Economic Development Department within the Urban Management Directorate develop a new informal trading plan for the Claremont CBD, Ward 59, to accommodate the changes happening and to create economic opportunities in the area.

The development process included the internal and external stakeholder engagements where interested parties were given an opportunity to provide inputs into the draft trading plan. The final trading plan was presented at a Subcouncil 20 in a meeting on Wednesday 17 February 2021 and approved by Council on Thursday 29 April 2021.

‘Informal trading plays a vital role in creating much-needed employment and economic opportunities. The City is therefore doing all it can to balance the needs of the formal retail sector with the need for economic development as we continue to build a city of opportunity,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

Once an informal trading plan is approved by Council and implemented, the City monitors the demarcated sites to ensure that traders comply with the City’s by-laws and trade within their permit conditions.

‘The approval of the Informal Trading Plan for Claremont CBD means that informal traders and individual enterprises are able to create vibrant economic opportunities to support the local economy and at the same time enhance the City’s economic and growth strategies.

‘More importantly, it is vital that the City acknowledges the relevance and contribution of the informal trading sector to the local economy and the vibrancy it brings to the social environment of the area. Informal trading provides an income to those who are unemployed and affords locals the freedom to support either local or traditional formal sector retail options.

‘An informal trading plan is needed because strategically, we need to demarcate specific locations for informal trading by considering local conditions and circumstances in the area, while at the same time, we also need to prohibit informal trading in certain locations due to practical considerations on the ground,’ said Alderman Twigg.


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