ABOUT seven churches built without council approval in Bulawayo face demolition, a council latest report has revealed.
The report also noted an increasing number of illegally built structures in the city.
In terms of the Bulawayo City council model by-laws, all structural construction should take place after plans approval and inspections by the city’s environmental and engineering department.
The council’s latest report of the environmental, management, and engineering services committee has however noted that a number of properties, including 7 churches, have been identified for demolition after investigations revealed that they were illegally constructed.
“As such the developments should be regularised if they meet all council by-laws and policies subject to relevant penalties paid. If they cannot comply, then the development had to be removed accordingly. The Department carried routine inspections around the city,” the council report reads.
“The table below showed the list (churches and residential properties) of illegal developments with no approved plans and inspections. Appropriate 21 days notices had been issued. If no corrective action was taken penalties would be charged and where appropriate demolishing procedures instituted.”
Six of the churches, Family Covenant, Twelve Apostolic, The Apostolic Faith, Foundation of Christ, Assemblies of God, and Internal Pentecostal Holiness are situated in Pumula South high-density suburb while Christedom Pentecostal is located in Magwgwe West.