THE CITY of Bratislava will continue to promote the establishment of a construction police, the vice-Mayor Tomáš Korček has told the SITA newswire. His comments follow the demolition of the former Bakelite press-house on the premises of the Gumon factory in the Bratislava district of Ružinov. The Culture Ministry confirmed that the building is protected and that the demolition went ahead without the required permission. Korček accused the construction company of demolishing the building in order to bypass consent proceedings and to prevent the building from becoming a cultural monument.
The city will continue to lobby the Ministry of Construction and Regional Development to establish a construction police, which would have the right to enter property, stop water, power and gas supplies to so-called 'black [i.e. unauthorised] buildings' and to interrupt, or even stop, unlicensed or unapproved demolition or construction works. In the event that a construction company or developer ignored the verdict of the Construction Office, the construction police would have the authority to demolish a new building. Bratislava and the Association of Towns and Villages have argued in favour of a construction police, but the Ministry has previously called their comments unjustified.
8. Sep 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports