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TOP COURT RULES ON LOCAL COUNCIL FEES FOR PUBLIC AREA USE

 

The fees that local councils charge for the use of public spaces must be in line with the value of services offered there, the Constitutional Court ruled. The ruling annuls part of a local council regulation which forced mobile retail outlets to pay two hundred times the daily fee payable by permanent stalls.  The top court said that whereas local councils had the powers to specify the rules and fees applicable for using public spaces, the fees should be commensurate with the business value of the services offered in the relevant public spaces. The fees charged for the use of public spaces should not serve purposes unrelated to the business value of their use, the ruling added.