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Illegal building in Winchester Hills

The community is now forming a group calling on more citizens to stand with the cause to stop the building of the flats.

Winchester Hills residents are up in arms over the building of a flat complex without the consent of the people staying around it, saying damage to property occurs and building materials are being delivered all hours of the day.

A group of concerned citizens approached the CHRONICLE, as they are at their wits’ end with the building project.
Both the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) and JMPD have on multiple occasions given warnings and fines.

Stuart Marais, councillor for the ward, said: “CoJ conducted a visit to the site on February 22 to ensure everything is up to date. The builders could not provide a building plan and were forced to stop. The builder continued, forcing the city to confiscate some of his equipment. We will have another inspection soon to see if the building has stopped. If not, we will be forced to take further steps to ensure the building stops permanently. ”

Some of the delivered building material.

The community is now forming a group calling on more citizens to stand with the cause to stop the building of the flats.

The CHRONICLE also approached the building contractor for comment. The contractor said the building has stopped for the time being, but they are in the process of consulting with different departments to ensure the building can continue.

The CHRONICLE has sent an enquiry to CoJ for comment, but no response had been received by the time of publication.

The City of Johannesburg has recently visited the site and issued a warning to stop the building.

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