Block 4 - Greater Northshore
Block 4 - Klein Leeukop / Helgarda / Kronenzicht / Northshore
Block Leader: Gary Greenstone
Northshore: Mike McLennan
Kronenzicht: Anthea Leppington
Helgarda/Klein Leeukop: Louise Read
Block 4, aka Greater Northshore, extends from Harbour Road in the south, alongside the famous Mariner’s Wharf complex, to Bisschop Road further north – just off the equally famous Suikerbossie Hill. Its easterly boundary is Victoria Avenue, with the slopes of the Karbonkelberg forming its western perimeter.
The suburbs of Northshore, Kronenzicht and Helgarda/Klein Leeukop contain approximately 750 properties, making it one of the more densely populated parts of the valley. The mix includes residential homes - a fair number of which are located in walled estates - the CBD and shopping precinct along Victoria Avenue and numerous apartment blocks. See map >>
Our neighbourhood watch membership is around 530, of which well over 120 are active day and/or night patrollers. Many of these have their own two-way radios, which not only link them to Watchcon during patrol duties but also are an additional means of personal security for themselves and their families. Monthly rosters are compiled to keep those active members well informed of their patrolling duties. There are also a few Street Watch groups operating and these are to keep residents aware of problems in their immediate neighbourhood. There are at least three active WhatsApp groups in certain areas of Block 4 and these alert residents of suspicious activity, advise reported incidents or post "be vigilant" warnings.
Block 4’s steering committee comprises 8 members: Gary Greenstone, Mike McLennan, Louise Read, Anthea Leppington, Julie Banham, Michael Steggink, Kerry Rosser and Mark Palmer-Owen. Julie Banham prepares the Daylighters' rosters, and Michael Steggink the night rosters.
- Committee chairman
- Marketing (includes recruiting)
- Members’ database and night patrol rostering
- Daylighters and day patrol rostering
There are 6 committee meetings a year – held every second month on the Monday evening following the HBNW EXCO meeting. (HBNW's EXCO meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.)
Members receive regular news updates via e-mail and the “B4 Observer” newsletter.
CCTV cameras are being installed at various points around Hout Bay, and Block 4 (Greater Northshore) is not being left behind. Funds have been raise via some generous donations from our members and a few hot spots in our Block are now being monitored by the Watchcon control centre.
Social events are held occasionally and these sometimes take the form of a braai (weather permitting) on Carmel Park in Albert Road or at indoor venues where a quiz evening is arranged. Members bring family and friends as well as potential new members.