Comments needed after building begins

2016-11-03 06:00
PHOTOS: supplied The new advert that appeared in the paper last week now with the correct address.

PHOTOS: supplied The new advert that appeared in the paper last week now with the correct address.

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THE Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) placed an advert last week in a local paper calling for comments on the proposed development of a church in Phillip Street Margate, Extension 3.

However, construction to this building began in 2015 and was stopped at the beginning of the year.

  • Two weeks ago, the Fever carried a story on the same construction and requested comment from RNM spokesperson, Simon April. None was forthcoming.

According to information received from a Ward 6, Margate Extension 3 committee member, an advert was placed in the papers calling for comments on the development of a church in Christopher Road in 2014.

However, the church is being built in Phillip Road and nobody objected because the advert said the development would be in Christopher Road.

“After investigating, I established that the address given in the 2014 advert was not even vacant. It already had a house on it,” said the Ward 6 member.

“I was baffled when I saw an advert in the paper calling for comments on the same church, this time with the correct address, but the church is already at roof level.”

The resident then e-mailed the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s town planning section, hoping to get clarity, but did not receive any feedback.

“Residents of Jellicoe, Drake, Phillip and Evans roads would definitely object to this as there is only a dirt road that leads to the church.

“This will make it very difficult for church-goers to access, especially in rainy weather.”

The Fever once again e-mailed April, who commented that the municipality realised the error in the advert and stopped the building process.

“The municipality has started the town planning approval process again,” he said.

“The building did not comply with the parking requirements as was stipulated in the approval. An amended building plan has been requested from the applicant.”

He said the bulk of the objections that the municipality received were on the basis of the condition that the access road is in.

“The municipality thus plans to upgrade that road in order to ease everyone’s concern,” said April.

He said the error in the address occurred when the applicant submitted forms with his personal physical address instead of the application site.

“This is essentially what caused the confusion. The town planner dealing with the application then made the error of not double checking,” he added.

April said the discrepancy came to light after a site inspection.

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