Montrose illegal building continues

2010-01-21 00:00

IT seems Montrose is one of the city’s preferred sites when it comes to the erection of illegal structures.

No sooner had the Msunduzi Municipality taken a previous transgressor to court and won when hot on its heels came an illegally erected windmill on Peter Brown Avenue.

Not only has the culprit erected a windmill; he has also put up steel structures and fenced off a section of forest for storing motor cars.

According to an anonymous tip-off, drilling of a borehole began a few months ago.

DA ward councillor Dave Ryder told The Witness he had received a complaint about the matter from a resident. He reported the matter to the municipality, which duly investigated.

Ryder says the municipality tracked the guilty party down, but battled to find anyone at the residence.

“They left a notice for the chap saying the structures were illegal because no plans were submitted and he must apply for permission or dismantle them,” he said.

Ryder said the area where a section of the forest has been fenced off for the storing of cars is actually municipal property.

“He’s not allowed to store cars on that place and must remove them,” said Ryder.

He later had a meeting with the building inspector for the area, Llewellyn Muller, who told him the matter came up for discussion at a meeting held last year.

A summons was issued for non-compliance with building regulations but the man has not responded, said Ryder.

“Muller said another summons would be served [on Tuesday] afternoon,” he said.

Ryder said this means that the man in question now has to go to court either to defend it, submit plans to the municipality for the structures or pay a R2 500 fine.

Ryder is scheduled to meet with employees from the parks and recreation division some time today so they can inspect the site and decide what other steps will be taken.

Muller said: “We have served notices and summoned the owner for the transgression of the [national building regulations].

“In terms of the illegal access, the councillor is addressing this matter with [the parks department].”

The manager in the mayor’s office, Evodia Mahlangu, said she has instructed parks and recreation director Steven Naick to respond.

Last year, the municipality took a man to court and won after he put up billboard steel structures in Townbush Road, Montrose, without getting prior approval.

The court ruled in favour of the municipality and the accused was given 10 days to remove the structures, failing which the municipality could remove them and bill the guilty party.

Although the ruling was issued on December 28, however, the structures are still standing.

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