Development plans have been earmarked for the Kenilworth Racecourse property, and a newly-formed group has come together to take legal action against the project for the sake of the environment.

The Kenilworth Racecourse Environmental Action Group (KREAG) has objected to development plans that will result in a mix of hotel, residential and retail components built on the land.

A spokesperson for KREAG, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, told CapeTalk there are major environmental concerns surrounding the proposed 6.8-hectare development in the area that was signed off by outgoing mayor Patricia de Lille.

KREAG has accused De Lille of having a conflict of interest in the matter after she dismissed appeals to halt the development.

The group will be working with the Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI), also known as the Green Scorpions to lay criminal charges. A public meeting will also be held on Monday, 3 September for concerned citizens to come together a discuss the matter.

Pupils receiving an environmental lesson in the conservation area bordering the Kenilworth Racecourse

“The land in question surrounds an area that comprises over 500 plants and animals, including 53 red-listed species,” KREAG spokesperson Dr David Gwynne-Evans said in a radio interview.

Kenilworth Racecourse also borders a nearby conservation area that delicately works towards protecting the little indigenous oasis and the animals that call it home.

This area is considered to be one of the most valuable examples of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos remaining on the Cape Peninsula. It is home to over 300 plant species, 80 bird species, 11 amphibian species and a healthy reptile and mammal community.

The area also serves to educate young children, school goers and members of the community on the importance of nurturing our environment.

Community members preparing for a tour of the conservation area.

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