The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has removed eight illegal makeshift stalls from the Northmead Area.
LCC Assistant Public Relations Manager Thelma Mbewe says the operation follows a Council resolution at its sitting on 14th December, 2021 to undertake a verification exercise of all trading structures around markets and bus stations.
She says the makeshift stalls or booths in question did not apply for planning permission as stipulated in the Urban and Regional Planning Act of 2015 before putting up these structures hence making it an illegality.
“Traders in the area were served with notices on 14th January, 2022 to present approval or offer letters from the Council indicating the conditions on which their structures were approved.” She added
Meanwhile, Ms. Mbewe says LCC has continued to carry out inspections of makeshift stalls and containers in and around market areas and bus stations to ensure corrective measures are taken.
She has stated that the Council reserves the right to regularize, after payment of penalty fee, structures without documents or order the removal of trading structures that have encumbrances.