Businesses and residents are being asked what they would want Strand CBD to look like in the future, as one of the early steps in a potential regeneration plan.

Their responses will, as a part of a public consultation drive, add great value to a consideration process for a proposed draft plan.

People’s thoughts are being gathered online through an initial questionnaire, that will at a later stage be followed by a survey in the town centre itself.

The prospective plan is being put together by a group of community volunteers under the collective name of ‘Future Strand’, and is supported by the Strand BID.

“The creation of this plan is so important as it will help determine what Strand will look like in future. To create a plan that truly will benefit the town, we need the help of those who know their town best: those who live and work there,” says Grant Goodwin, chair of the Strand BID, the organisation that initiated Future Strand.

The following survey will help us establish which areas to focus on.
It shouldn’t take more than 8 minutes to fill out. Thank you for your participation!

Welcome to your Strand CBD Usage Survey

1. How old are you?
2. Gender
3. Is this your neighbourhood?
4. Which features and services do you use in Strand CBD?
5. Do you work in Strand?
6. How frequently do you visit Strand CBD?
7. How do you normally get to Strand CBD?
8. How would you describe your parking experience in Strand?
9. Do you ever feel unsafe in Strand?
10. Which of the following would you want to see a greater range or improved quality of in Strand?
11. Are there any facilities not present in Strand that you would like to see?
12. Do you visit the flea market?
13. Would you like to see any changes to the flea market?
14. Do you use the train station?
15. Would you like to see any changes to the train station?
16. Do you use the taxi rank?
17. Would you like to see any changes to the taxi rank?
18. Do you use the public swimming pool?
19. Would you like to see any changes to the swimming pool facilities?
20. Which of the following would you like to see more of in the CBD? Choose the 5 you'd like to see happening soonest.
21. How often do you visit Strand at night?
22. If you have any one thing that you would like to happen in Strand CBD, what is that?
23. Would you like to receive news from Future Strand? Please fill your email address in below!

In an effort to continue keeping this special seaside town inviting to both residents and visitors, Strand BID has partnered with an exciting new initiative called Future Strand.

While the BID will continue the good work its been doing with keeping the streets clean and safe, Future Strand wishes to nurture a renewed sense of community within the town.

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To celebrate the launch of our brand new SBID x Future Strand website, we’ll be running a special photo competition for everyone who loves this special seaside town as much as we do! We’re looking for beautiful images that capture the magic of Strand – summery beach scenes, spectacular sunsets, the hustle and bustle of […]

Iconic landmark synonymous with the Strand. Anyone who lived/spent vacations in Strand prior to the early 2000s would remember strolling along it and watching the fisherman patiently waiting for their day’s catch.

It was the spot you went to eat your ice cream and no doubt had its fair share of romantic moonlight strolls.

All in all, a far cry from the unattractive, tattered ruin that remains today.

The question on many lips is: what happened and will it ever be fixed?

We chatted to the Environmental Management Department at the City of Cape Town to gain some insight.

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Sedert die instelling van die SBID (‘Strand Business Improvement District) ‘n paar jaar gelede, heers die algemene mening dat die sakesentrum van die dorp beslis ‘n skoner en veiliger plek vir almal is, en statistieke bevestig dit ook.

Dit dek as ‘t ware die tafel vir die ‘Future Strand’-inisiatief om aan planne te werk wat die Strand hopelik ook ‘n nóg gewilder woon-, werk- en beleggingskeuse sal maak.

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Strand’?

The beachfront, undoubtedly.

Since holidays first became a thing in South African society, Strand has drawn crowds – people in search of the soothing lapping of saltwater and endless stretches of white sand. Before this – and still today – it also served as a sought-after fishing and foraging spot, a place to gather delicacies from the deep.

In between, it has also gathered a reputation as a popular surf spot and – with the recent refurbishment of the promenade and seawall – an excellent place for a scenic jog.

But is the beachfront’s full potential really being harnessed? This question has been weighing heavily on Heinrich Rohwer, a local whose passion for watersports and skateboarding leads him to believe a lot can be done to make this public space even more welcoming.

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There are so many apparent reasons why a museum in the heart of Strand – not necessarily confined to a single building or space, but one that could be appreciated and enjoyed on foot by groups and individuals – is an extremely attractive possibility that surely merits further investigation. This is the opinion of Dr Elma Ross, who is convinced that a museum is imperative as a tourist attraction and of course for heritage purposes.

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THERE are many stories and anecdotes to be told and shared about what Strand used to be like ‘in the good old days’. Taking a fresh look at the coastal town in its current form – compared to what it used to be and where it is heading – will in coming months prove a useful exercise during the process of forging ahead with the Future Strand initiative.

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