Illegal billboards have to stay for now

2010-07-07 00:00

DESPITE a court ruling calling for the removal of the unlawful billboards on Townbush Road, it seems that residents who have been campaigning for them to be taken down will have to put up with them for the time being.

Questioned about the issue, ward councillor Dave Ryder said the removal of the billboards is a difficult one.

He said the company that erected the massive steel structures failed to dismantle them within 10 days of receiving the court order, which gave the municipality the power to take them down and charge the company for their removal.

“The structures are very significant in size and the municipality did not have the equipment to take them down, so they had to outsource,” said Ryder.

After receiving quotations, the municipality was told that it would cost R200 000 to get the billboards dismantled.

He said that even if the municipality dismantles the structures, legally they still belong to the company.

However, should it fail to pay, the municipality can sell the steel and recoup some of the money it spent, but it is not likely to get the entire amount it has spent to outsource the dismantling.

“With the liquidity problems in the municipality, you have to ask where your priorities lie [and] … it’s driving me crazy,” he said.

Ryder said that if the municipality’s budget section allocates funds, the dismantling will go ahead, but he has spoken to the relevant people and is waiting for a report.

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