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Neighbours had enough of messy plot in their midst

Several residents of Stanford who reside in Abner Street are fed-up with one resident who reportedly disregards regulations.

Neville and Jane Carollissen, who have lived in the area for 16 years, say they have had it with their neighbour who is reportedly turning his plot, located right next to theirs, into a squatter camp.

Other neighbours have also come forward with complaints and feel that something needs to be done.

“Concerning our ongoing complaints to the building inspector, the Overstrand Municipality and even Mayor Dudly Coetzee, we are fed up. It has been a little over two years and still nothing has been done about the messy and untidy plot in Abner Road, Stanford,” said Neville Carollissen.

“This person has no regard for all the other residents in this area. All of us have to face the mess he is making on his plot.” He also added the person erected wire fences that encroaches upon their borders and that he uses shade netting to cover up these fences. “There are also corrugated iron structures on his plot and an old caravan,” Jane commented.

Neville said that four other houses in the area also had temporary structures but all of them had been converted into decent homes. However, it does not seem as if this neighbour intends to break down the temporary structure and build a proper house, says Neville.

“We also have rats and mice now due to all the rubble in his yard,” said Jane.

Another neighbour, Ria Jacobs, said she had a high wall erected around her home as the person’s plot, according to her, is an ugly sight. “When he moved here, he told all of us that he was planning to build a penthouse, but he is just erecting structures, which is not allowed in this area.”

Jacobs added that the whole plot looks messy.

“We all pay a large amount of money when it comes to municipal bills, just for him to come and do whatever he wants.”

Jeremy Gomez, also a neighbour, says he tried to intervene with the man to tell him that he must start cleaning up, but that their pleas fell on deaf ears. “The municipality must come and have a look at what is brewing here,” he said.

Jeffrey van der Heyden who also stays in Abner Street, agrees with his fellow neighbours that action needs to be taken regarding the matter.

Hermanus Times received no feedback from the Overstrand Municipality after requests for comment.

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