Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
Chinhoyi Municipality has banned the use of farm bricks as their production is causing environmental degradation in the municipality.
The local authority has told the residents to wind up using farm bricks by December 31, 2021.
“Notice is hereby given that council resolved at the ordinary council meeting held on September 16 at council chambers in Chinhoyi to ban use of farm bricks within the municipal area’s jurisdiction with effect from December 31 2021.
“Please note that failure to comply will result in the demolition of such structures built after December 31,2021,” reads the notice.
Council Spokesperson Tichaona Mlauzi told H-Metro that they had given the brick moulders and residents an ultimatum to wind up using the farm bricks by end of December to mitigate against the impact of environmental degradation.
“We have given the people notice until December 31, that they use all the bricks they had.
“The reason why we have banned farm bricks is because they are causing environmental degradation,” he said.
Mlauzi said brick moulders were now invading residential stands and at the same time causing massive land degradation.
“So as council it is of paramount importance to protect our natural resources hence the decision to barn farm bricks for environmental preservation,” said Mlauzi.
Chinhoyi Combined Residents Association (CCRA) member Tendai Musonza told H-Metro that CCRA wanted the local authority to rescind its resolution.
Musonza said the idea of stopping residents from building using farm bricks without any consultations done was regrettable.
“Council has come up with a resolution without consulting the residents.
“What is needed is to regulate the brick moulding activity in our town rather than to stop residents from building using them,” he said.