Gatesville’s illegal structures in roadway still on the table

2016-03-29 06:00
Discussions continue to reach a solution for illegally built structures in the roadway in Gatesville.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

Discussions continue to reach a solution for illegally built structures in the roadway in Gatesville. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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The ongoing issue of illegally built structures in the roadway in Gatesville is still receiving attention and engagement.

The issue, which was initially brought up at a subcouncil meeting last year, has been on the Athlone subcouncil agenda under matters receiving attention ever since (“Structures cause for concern”, People’s Post, 30 June 2015).

Councillor Magedien Davids has since talked with various roleplayers, including the formal and informal traders, to address the issue.

At a recent meeting, subcouncil manager Edgar Carolissen said they had been engaged in meetings discussing the best way forward regarding the structures in Gatesville.

“There is a long history to this issue and all this has been taken into consideration. We are currently looking at realistic options for the traders.

“We do realise that the informal economy is an important economy,” Carolissen said.

He added that after meeting with other stakeholders, they had discussed a few solutions.

“Three options currently exist for the space. Regularisation and sanitisation, relocation or removal were options that were discussed so far,” Carolissen said.

A second round of discussions will be held with stakeholders on Thursday 14 April.

“We are working on a collective input so that a solution can be reached in regard to this matter,” he said.

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