Safeguarding Our Community’s Environmental Health.
Your Council is concerned about the very many
risks and dangers associated to overgrown / abandoned property/vegetation.
We feel it is our humble duty to contribute towards the safety
and security of the members of our community, and thus we
believe, it is our job to protect them, but also to educate
them as to how they can best protect themselves.
What is overgrown vegetation/property?
Overgrown property is property which constitutes
plants, weeds, trees and grass protruding over public pathways,
or property which by the constitution of its vegetation, may
be deemed to be a fire hazard, or one which has become an
eyesore or likely to cause the breeding of vermins and other
pests, due to lack of maintenance.
Problems associated with Overgrown Lands.
Overgrown vegetation is associated with many
problems, which if ignored, can be disastrous to our community.
The problems which are often associated with overgrown lands
are as follows:
• Hiding place for thieves and other persons with suspicious
behaviour constituting a potential hazard to neighbouring
• Sites commonly used by drug addicts to carry out illicit
• Constitutes a breeding ground for vermins such as
rats and mice which may be vector of diseases.
• In wet seasons, these lands tend to be breeding grounds
for mosquitoes and this can significantly increase the outbreak
of chikungunya disease in our community.
• In dry seasons these lands become a fire hazard which
can quickly spread to neighbouring properties.
• Used as illegal dumping sites, which apart from being
an eyesore, may be linked to nuisances such as odour, flies
( vector of disease), and feeding place for vermins.
• Overgrown vegetation protruding on public pathways
may obstruct inhabitants’ access to these footpaths.
Moreover they can obstruct traffic control devices thus causing
a safety hazard to pedestrians and drivers.
What our responsibilities are !
Report presence of overgrown property,
improperly maintained land.
Each and every resident can contribute to making
our township a safe and pleasant place to live.
If you come to be aware of any overgrown lands in our township,
please contact the Council with a clear description of the
location of the land so that the problem can be addressed
as soon as possible.
Council’s action in relation to
In being satisfied of the presence of an overgrown
land, through site inspection, a statutory notice is served
on the owner of the land requiring him to fix the problem
within a delay of 10 days. In most cases owners of lands will
comply with the statutory notice. However, in some rare cases
where this is not the case, Council proceeds to take legal
action against the owners.
Receiving a statutory notice.
If you receive a statutory notice requiring
you to clear your land of all overgrown plants, weeds and
grass, you should do so by the date as specified in the notice.
The land must be cleared and tidied in such a way as to be
no longer a hazard in any of the above mentioned ways.
Land owner disregarding a statutory
notice to clear his land
In case a land owner receives a notice to clear
his land but fails to do so, Council will initiate legal action
against him in line with the Vacoas-Phoenix Environmental
Sanitation Regulations 2012. The maximum penalty in relation
to the above offence is Rs 10,000.
Moreover, in a desire to abate the nuisance,
Council will proceed to clear the land, and in this case all
costs incurred to clear the land will be charged to the landowner.
How can we all help?
The contribution of ‘Force Vives’ in a particular
community is laudable. The Force Vives of any region within
the township are strongly encouraged to identify overgrown
lands in their regions and to initiate appropriate action
to clear same. This move will surely be backed by Council
in the latter providing additional resources, such as lorries.
Owners of Lands: Owners
of lands are kindly required to clean and keep properly maintained
at all times, their lands, so as to prevent them becoming
overgrown thereby avoiding the many problems associated to
Identification of owners:
Inhabitants of the township are kindly requested to inform
Council of the particulars of the owners of any overgrown
lands found in their locality. This will help Council address
the problem rapidly.