Chappies toll plaza is 'disgusting'

Hout Bay residents are still angry following the opening of the newly-built Chapman’s Peak Toll Plaza.

Chapman's Peak site foreman checking the wire netting which broke free from the suspended rods. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Hout Bay Ratepayers Association says it will think twice about who to vote for in the 2014 general elections.

It is unhappy with the newly-built Chapman's Peak Toll Plaza which opened at the beginning of August.

The multimillion Rand project made headlines in 2012 when Hout Bay residents took legal action to try and stop construction.

It seems the opening of the controversial toll plaza was done quietly.

The Hout Bay Ratepayers Association's Len Swimmer has described the building as a monstrosity.

"We're still against it. If we are going to pay R72 for a return trip, we will take another route. It's disgusting. It's absolutely disgusting."

But Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says he is not sure what the fuss is all about.

"I think it looks very attractive and very appropriate to its environmental surroundings."

Carlisle says the R51 million plaza has not stopped motorists from using Chapman's Drive.

In 2012, activist Bronwen Lankers-Byrne went on a hunger strike on the plaza construction site to voice her opposition.

Lankers-Byrne and other residents took the matter to court but, the Western Cape High Court dismissed their application to halt construction.