• Clrs to decide on the Woodlands fate
GWERU – The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere has said town planning and development in Gweru has become so chaotic that some houses encroach into roads and he called upon the newly reinstated councilors to make the issue a top priority.
He said this when he attended a meeting at Gweru City Council where he reinstated 10 of the 12 suspended Gweru councillors. He said stands were being created everywhere. One of the suburbs causing headaches for council is Woodlands with 6 000 residential stands developed by River Valley which were neither council nor Environmental Management Authority (EMA) approved.
Woodlands was developed at a dumpsite and now Council is required to raise $5 million to establish a fresh dumpsite and this must come from rate payers.
However, River Valley Properties Chief Executive Officer, Smelly Dube remained adamant that the project would be commissioned by council.
When asked for a comment Kasukuwere said it was now for the councillors to attend to that.
"One area that gave us tremendous challenges is the breakdown in the town planning and development. A culture of developing and creating stands willy-nilly emerged to the extent that most open spaces have now been developed into residential stands.
"Some stands encroach into the roads, town planning laws are violated and the acting Engineer was left to run the show unsupervised giving him the opportunity to pocket moneys paid for the plans and subdivisions. Today the issues of noncompliance with our rules and laws with regards to town planning have been reinforced," said Kasukuwere.