THE Government has availed more land to the Victoria Falls municipality to help ease accommodation shortages in the resort town, an official has said.About 5,000 people are on the council’s housing waiting list in the town.
Patrick Chitumba Victoria Falls Reporter
Victoria Falls Mayor Councillor Sifiso Mpofu told Chronicle yesterday that plans were under way to avail more land for expansion purposes.
He said the new land would be given to residents on the housing waiting list to build their houses.
“We are happy to note that our boundary is now reaching the grid, about 10km from the town along the Victoria Falls-Bulawayo Road,” Clr Mpofu said.
“The department of physical planning is still to give us the actual size but that is a positive sign towards addressing housing shortages in the resort town.
“The town has limited space or land since we are in a parks area and therefore we welcome this development.”
Clr Mpofu said the local authority was also working with different partners on a combined Victoria Falls master plan to come up with a satellite township on the periphery on the town.
This, he said, was meant to ease congestion in the town and help address accommodation shortage. Clr Mpofu also said council business was lagging behind because there was no a substantive Town Clerk.
“The thing that is making our job difficult in the council right now is the unavailability of a substantive Town Clerk. We are failing to make proper decisions for the benefit of the town,” he said.
Source: Govt avails more land for Victoria Falls expansion (17/12/13)