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City Obtains Interdict Against Illegal Container Site in Lakeside

Michael Hawthorne

MUIZENBEG – In a landmark decision, the Western Cape High Court has granted an interdict against Metric Storage Containers and Trailers, along with other parties involved, for operating an illegal storage facility along Main Road in Lakeside. The ruling, delivered on Monday, 12 February 2024, marks a significant victory for the City of Cape Town, which has been battling against the unauthorized use of the property.

The City has taken legal action against Metric Storage and the owners of the Riverside Church of Christ after they failed to comply with a Notice that required the removal of storage containers by 19 January 2024. The containers were being used in violation of the Municipal Planning By-law, the City’s Development Management Scheme, and the National Building Regulations. The property, zoned as Single Residential, was unlawfully repurposed for business activities.

Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews, expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision. “The City welcomes the interdict. We trust this sends a clear message that the City will not hesitate to take action against those who are contravening our Municipal Planning By-law and land uses as set out in the Development Management Scheme,” said Alderman Andrews.

The court order explicitly prohibits Metric Storage and others from operating a storage facility and leasing containers on the property located at 446 Main Road, Lakeside. Those who have stored goods at the property have until 31 March 2024 to retrieve and remove their belongings. Following this deadline, on 2 April 2024, the Sheriff of the Court will seal off the containers, and no access will be permitted.

The City will further seek an additional court order on 16 May 2024 to ensure the removal of containers from the property. Alderman Andrews urged those storing goods in the containers to make arrangements for their removal promptly, emphasizing the importance of compliance with the Municipal Planning By-law and the Development Management Scheme.

“This is in the interest of the welfare and safety of all who live and work in Cape Town,” concluded Alderman Andrews. The City’s proactive approach underscores its commitment to maintaining the integrity of land use regulations and safeguarding the well-being of the community.

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