The gloves are off in a fight over eight large, metal silos that showed up alongside a rail line in Winnipeg's River Heights neighbourhood last fall.

The City of Winnipeg's property and development committee on Tuesday upheld a ruling requiring Fort Distributors to remove the five-storey silos.

But the company's lawyer, former city councillor Gord Steeves, argues the silos are on land leased from a railway, which is federal jurisdiction — not the city's.

So the next battle over the silos may be in a courtroom.

Many people in the neighbourhood were angered when Fort Distributiors installed the silos in September, next to the BNSF Railway line on Lindsay Street and Mathers Avenue.

They, along with River Heights city Coun. John Orlikow, say the silos are not appropriate for a residential neighbourhood.

In November, the city ordered them removed after its legal department determined they violated zoning bylaws and were therefore, illegal.