Two more houses to be demolished

2015-05-05 06:00

A proposal to demolish two additional properties to make way for the new MyCiTi route has been made.

According to two reports which appeared on the agenda of the monthly Protea Subcouncil meeting, properties in Waterbury Road, Wynberg, and Lympleigh Road, Plumstead, fall within the proclaimed South Road Scheme.

The subcouncil has supported the proposal to demolish the properties, which are owned by the City of Cape Town.

The South Road Family Association (SRFA) and the Wynberg Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (WRRA) have in recent months voiced their anger over the demolition of several properties as public participation on the matter has yet commenced. They have also called on the City to halt demolitions until the public participation process is complete.

City mayoral committee member for finance, Ian Neilson, says four City-owned properties have been demolished for the new route. According to the report, the new route, the risk of unlawful occupation and a security “burden” of R20 000 are the motivating factors for approval.

Neilson says following the subcouncil’s support, the report will go to the mayoral committee for their consideration.

“Depending on the outcome, the application will go to full Council for a final decision.”

The report includes comment by Mark Bell, an official in the City’s heritage department on the draft screening report on the concept design and operational plan for the Lansdowne Wetton corridor.

He adds the draft reports suggests that a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) might be necessary.

According to City mayoral committee member for transport, Brett Herron, no full HIA has been undertaken as it was understood that heritage approval could be obtained through Section 34 of the NHR Act which deals with the demolition of individual demolition applications.

“If it is indeed determined that a full HIA is required, this requirement will be adhered to,” he explains.

Herron further says public participation on the new routes will commence on Tuesday 21 April.

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