Legal action against Chappies to start

2012-02-29 09:11

Cape Town - The Hout Bay Residents' Association will apply for a court interdict to stop construction on the Chapman's Peak toll plaza in Cape Town, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that the association's attorneys informed the provincial government, SA National Parks and toll road concessionaire Entilini of this legal action through a letter on Tuesday.

So far, construction has been restricted to the road reserve of Chapman's Peak drive, but on Thursday building is to take place in the Table Mountain National Park, which forms a part of the Cape Floral region World Heritage Site.

The residents' group believes it is unlawful to build in a national park without Parliament de-proclaiming the affected portion of land.

The attorneys told Entilini and authorities it would save them money to halt construction in the meantime.

Legal papers would be filed by Monday.

  • Herman - 2012-02-29 09:18

    If this "government" stops it's fraud and corruption practices, the rest of us wouldn't have to pay toll fees ANYWHERE! There will be more than enough money to repair the roads.

      Janice - 2012-02-29 09:22

      VERY very true!!!

  • neilza - 2012-02-29 09:50

    ag what are they protesting about. all they doing is upgrading the toll plaza from a little house to a more suitable building with more security. The people complaining the most have no idea what they even building. It contains a garage for the cash vans to pull into, a section for emergency service vehicles, staff canteens etc etc. And from what i know its being built in an old quarry which has no environmental value

      Kala - 2012-02-29 10:04

      We paved paradise to put up a parking lot...

      gareth.mann - 2012-02-29 10:18

      The issue is that the building is unnecessarily large, and includes a large balcony/bar area on the top floor (hardly an essential requirement for an office). There's also the fact that there is plenty of suitable office space in Hout Bay itself (a couple of minutes drive away). More importantly, this development would set a dangerous precedent of developing on National Parks land, which could result in other developments that DO have a significant impact on the environment. Furthermore, the site itself may be of low biodiversity value, but there will certainly be a visual impact, which is most undesirable on a world-famous scenic route!

  • Renier - 2012-02-29 09:53

    Where are we going? It is absurd that people must go to court in order to prevent government from braking the law.

  • SJ - 2012-02-29 09:58

    Toll fees are only lawfully applcable to drivers, Drivers are defined in law as those using the roads to make profit, example "taxi driver". The rest of us have been fooled into believing we are drivers, but infact we are travellers. Travellers have always had the freedom under common law to use the roads free of any charge and without restriction. If this is not true, let the minister make an affidavit to that effect.

  • Kala - 2012-02-29 10:03

    From the headline I thought Chappies Bubblegum was in trouble. Did you know...

  • Anton - 2012-02-29 10:37

    Robin Car-LIE-il,here's hoping that you meet your match! Go for it Hout Bay Residents, you have a lot of support!

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-02-29 10:41

    Oh FFS.. this NIMBY'ism from the Hout Bay ppl is so bloody short sighted... I hope they're prepared for Chapmans Peak road to disappear... because currently thats a very real possibility, all because they want to stop a 440m2 LITTLE office in an old quarry that is an eyesore already.

  • Wayne - 2012-02-29 11:01

    Are the Houtb bay residents going to court the same ones who complain when the 'natives' protest?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-29 11:11

    The pressure must be kept up until it dawns on government that they are below the lowest member of society and only have one purpose, which is to serve, they have no power we do not give them. No toll roads end of story. no new developments without a firm vote of approval from the public. and most definitely no increases or bonuses for any government employee, in fact all ministerial salaries need to be investigated and lowered to what the country can afford and which is line with performance. The gravy train must be derailed and those guilty of offenses must be criminally and civilly charged, the honeymoon as they say is over.

  • djmain1 - 2012-02-29 12:17

    Go to hell DA! The honeymoon is over.

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