RESIDENTS who live on properties surrounding controversial Georgiou’s Guesthouse and Spa in Kragga Kamma Road say that if the municipality abandons legal action against its owners, they will be forced to take up the court bid.
This comes after The Herald reported last week that deputy executive mayor Chippa Ngcolomba is against the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s decision to go to court to force business owners Phillip and Yvette Georgiou to demolish parts of their luxury guesthouse and spa.
The municipality had instituted legal action against the couple for allegedly failing to comply with zoning regulations and not submitting building plans for an expansion. The couple plan to oppose the action and the matter was postponed to March 12.
However, Ngcolomba said last week he believed the matter should be settled out of court as the Georgious were making an effort to comply with requirements. He said the municipality should work towards encouraging investment in the city.
But three disgruntled neighbours, who asked not to be named, said living near the guesthouse and spa had become unbearable in recent months, after the introduction of a wedding and function venue as well as the opening of a restaurant.
“Not only does the noise continue until the early hours of the morning but it has also become a security risk as guests at the wedding venue can see into my property,” one neighbour said.
He has called police on numerous occasions because of late and noisy functions.
“We were hoping to live in our house until we move into a retirement home. We have invested a lot in our property and if this continues it will make it extremely hard for us to sell one day.”
He said neighbours had also called to complain regarding the noise at a birthday party hosted by municipal spokesman Roland Williams and his wife for their daughter, Isla-Rhayne, last week.
“The music was far too loud but they did comply when asked to make it softer,” he said.
Williams said he was not aware of any complaint. “The party lasted from 12pm to 3pm so it did not continue for very long but if this was too loud for the neighbours then I apologise,” he said.
The man said there was also a wedding held recently that carried on until 4.30am.
Another neighbour said the number of events held at the business had escalated recently, despite the property still being zoned for residential use only.
“They are running their restaurant as well as the wedding venue, the guesthouse and spa, but only the guesthouse is approved.”
Ward 8 DA councillor Gustav Rautenbach said he had asked for clarity on the issue as the Georgious had said that they had been promised approvals, but no applications had been put before any committee Rautenbach was aware of.
Attempts to obtain comment from Phillip Georgiou were unsuccessful. -= Lee-Anne Butler