‘Onus on owner to remove skips’

2020-01-21 06:00
The skip on Tercentenary Road.    PHOTO: Racine     Edwardes

The skip on Tercentenary Road. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Residents of Glencairn expressed their concern over an unsightly waste removal skip which stood on Tercentenary Road for six months following renovations at a private property.

The skip was initially placed outside the property by building contractors during renovations. Falling on hard times, the contractor was allegedly unable to pay the company from which the skip had been hired.

Consequently, the standard 7m³ skip which can hold more than 5 tons of waste, was not removed.

Simon Liell-Cock, councillor for ward 61, says, according to the City of Cape Town’s Municipal Planning By-law, a skip should be placed within one’s property during renovations. “You can’t start building a house and start using the pavement on the road. People do but it’s not legal.”

He adds that this type of pavement usage must be approved by the City before going ahead.

Chapter 14, section 127 of the by-law reads: “Property shall be properly maintained by the owner or occupier and shall not: (a) be left in a neglected or offensive state, as may be determined by the City; (b) contain an unsightly accumulation of papers, cartons, garden refuse, rubble and/or other waste material, as may be determined by the City.”

According to Liell-Cock, this incident is not the first of its kind and can have financial and legal implications on residents who do not abide by the by-law.

“In some sites, like in Glencairn, where a container is placed outside (of property boundaries) while people are building, there have been instances where people had to pay rent for the use of that space,” he explains.

Fortunately for the residents, the skip was removed in December but according to a Glencairn resident it was done at the owners’ own cost. The removal of a skip can cost more than R3 000.

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