MEC welcomes Chappies decision

MEC Robin Carlisle said once construction is complete, Chapman's Peak will look better than before.

Chapman's Peak. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle on Wednesday said once construction of the toll plaza and control building on Chapman's Peak Drive is completed, it would look better than before.

Carlisle said construction of the two-storey office building will begin in July and should be completed by June 2013.

On Wednesday, the Western Cape High Court dismissed an application for an interim interdict to temporarily halt construction.

The application was brought by the Hout Bay Resident's Association and the Habitat Council after intense protests on the construction site.

Many Cape Town residents believe that the construction of a toll plaza would destroy the natural beauty of Chapman's Peak.

Carlisle welcomed the judge's decision and said it was a victory for common sense.

"I harbour no feelings of triumph. I respect the citizen bodies and the actions they took. They had their point of view and I had mine and I'm glad mine was vindicated."

He said it would not be the eyesore that people imagine it to be.