Break it down

2015-05-05 06:00

The proposed demolition of a property in Claremont will go ahead to make way for the MyCiTi Phase 2A project.

This was revealed at the Protea Subcouncil 20 meeting last week.

In the subcouncil report it states that the property was leased for business purposes, but the lessee was in breach of non-payment and sub-letting the property to three businesses.

The property, which is owned by the City of Cape Town, was illegally sub-divided by the lessee into three sections and let out to businesses such as Cabs on Call, Just Junk and Claremont Auto, according to the report.

Ward councillor Matthew Kempthorne welcomed the demolition and recommended that the person the property was leased to be blacklisted in an effort to prevent him from leasing City property in future.

Bewin September, a heritage professional, stated in the subcouncil report that the property, as well as other properties making up the triangle bordering Imam Haron, Chicester and Markham roads were subject to the forced removals of the 1960s.

September said “the current state of the building on site was built after the entire block was cleared and does not have any heritage significance in terms of its architecture and aesthetics”.

He said the site does, however, “have high social significance and he is of the opinion that further studies were required to ascertain the heritage value”.

September further said the City’s Heritage Resources Section “has an opportunity with regard to initiating a social history project, some form of memorial or even interpretive display on site to inform the public of the forced removals that took place along the Lansdowne Road corridor”.

It is recommended that this project be included and workshopped in the development application and incorporated in the new design.

The subcouncil report further states that it came to light that the property is required for the MyCiTi Phase 2A project, which commences this year and that it is when any further attempt to regularise the unlawful occupation ceased.

The City served notices to vacate on all three business in February 2014, allowing the business owners six months to vacate and relocate their businesses. The notice expired on 31 August 2014.

According to the subcouncil report, two of the three occupants have since vacated the property within the given time period and security had been deployed to secure the property at a cost of R20 000 a month.

However, a third occupant was granted a further extension until 30 November 2014 for more time to relocate his commercial business.

The subcouncil report further states that “even though the City more than accommodated the third occupant, he remained on the property unlawfully”.

Bewin said the City’s Environmental and Heritage Branch support the total demolition of the property in Claremont.

The property in question is expected to be demolished by end of May as soon as a contractor has been appointed.

A further two properties will also be demolished along with the Claremont property.

One of the properties proposed for demolition is that of a dilapidated building situated on erf 71783 in Lympleigh Road, Plumstead.

The third property proposed for demolition, said to also be dilapidated, is situated on erf 700868 at Waterbury Road, also in Plumstead

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