Cape Town - The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department has closed off public access to Milnerton Beach amid safety concerns.
Recent severe weather conditions and the spring high tide experienced on 13 July 2018 have affected the integrity of the promenade, rendering it unsafe for public access.
Earlier this month, the Recreation and Parks Department, in consultation with the City’s coastal management team closed off access to two slipways at the beach following a storm surge.
Just days later, another severe weather episode caused further damage – this time to the promenade – resulting in the decision to restrict public access to the beach from this area.
"We understand that this is an inconvenience to beachgoers, but we have to prioritize public safety. Given that repairs to the structural damage will take several months to complete, the City is investigating the establishment of a temporary access point to the beach. The City is cautiously optimistic that this will be established in the next 14 days. We appeal to the public for their cooperation and understanding during this time," said Mayco Member for Area North, Suzette Little.
Residents are further advised to rather access the coast at Lagoon Beach or Sunset Beach until such time that a safe temporary access route has been established at Milnerton Beach.
Coastal Management is drafting an urgent report which will make recommendations for appropriate repair and protection measures. The City will work to restore the beach amenity as soon as it can but, due to the level of work required, this is expected to be a lengthy process.