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City reveals plans to upgrade Isiphingo
PLANS to improve and enhance Isiphingo were recently revealed to community members by the City’s Development Planning and Management Unit. The proposed Isiphingo Urban Development Framework Plan was unpacked to those in attendance as officials explained how it aimed to advance and improve the area.

The public have the opportunity to comment on the plan before it is finalised. Comments close on 20 February. The development plan will result in the upgrade of urban infrastructure and facilities while also organising and managing the social, economic and transport functions of the Central Business District (CBD) in a combined, co-ordinated and comprehensive manner. Head of the Development Planning, Management and Environment Unit Musa Mbhele said the Isiphingo CBD has been neglected for a long time resulting in deteriorated infrastructure. “Our vision is to regenerate the Isiphingo CBD to perform as an integrated economic and transport hub and turn it into a functional, safe and attractive regional service centre for the southern metro area.

This plan will help guide the City to achieve that vision,” he said.  The plan includes proposals to improve connectivity, develop new core public spaces within the heart of the Isiphingo CBD to accommodate a range of public activities including pedestrian movement, civic and social activities as well as trading facilities. The plan also proposes to reorganise, upgrade and support the transport hub function of the Isiphingo CBD, improve access and traffic flow, reduce traffic conflicts and congestion, and optimise pedestrian footfall for local businesses and traders.

It also caters for structured trading facilities within core public spaces and the main CBD streets with secure storage areas and public ablutions. It will also upgrade non-motorised transport routes along all key CBD streets, including wider and clearly defined pedestrian sidewalks and safe pedestrian crossings.  The plan further suggests the use of green spaces and landscaping to soften the hard urban environment. The plan is available to view at www.durban.gov.za
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