Chapman's Peak legal action dropped

2012-06-22 09:10

Cape Town - The Hout Bay Residents' Association would take no further court action over the Chapman's Peak toll building in Cape Town, it was reported on Friday.

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle told the Cape Times that he would drop the costs order against the association in return.

The residents' association and the Habitat Council first approached the court in March claiming no permission had been granted for the control building to be built within the Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site.

Their urgent application was dismissed with costs.

The Western Cape High Court then dismissed a normal application at the start of June.

"I truly welcome this development. It brings to an end a fight that I didn't look for and didn't enjoy being in," Carlisle was quoted as saying.

He said he also decided to withdraw a defamation case against association chairperson Len Swimmer, who allegedly accused him of giving the toll office building to Entilini as a "sweetener" during contract re-negotiations.

  • Sandra - 2012-06-22 09:51

    The Hout Bay Residents Association has just wasted time and money. I hope the Greenpoint association takes note.

      Morné - 2012-06-22 11:39

      Question is Sandra, disregarding the merit of the case, did they drop it because of lack of money or because they changed their views? It would be a pity if this became a trend, where civil society cannot win in court against government or big corporates because of a lack of finance. Where then would we be looking for justice?

  • Johnny Alexander - 2012-06-22 11:18

    Beautiful Bumpy Table Mountain - not as flat as a table in the near future... But humans have a right to build anywhere anyplace as long as the fees (both under and over the table) are agreeable. And then we are talking about a World Heritage Site! What a joke.

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