Blue Lagoon residents tired of noise, mess

2013-10-01 00:00

RESIDENTS living in the Blue Lagoon area are fed up with the noise and mess allegedly created by long-distance taxis from out of town, which have placed a temporary rank almost on their doorstep.

Excessive noise, littering and men urinating are some of the scenes that have played out over the past two weeks.

Resident Lee Jarrett, who lives in a complex opposite Blue Lagoon on the Durban North side of the Umgeni River, said her weekend was “an absolute nightmare” with the noise from the taxis that are now parking at Blue Lagoon.

The chairperson of the body corporate at River Glades complex, Aubrey Penning, shares this sentiment.

She said the Durban Central police told her that they were unable to help her because the Durban Metro had ordered these “out of town” taxis to leave the Durban city centre and park at Blue Lagoon.

On Saturday, she met two metro police officers at Blue Lagoon and according to her, they were horrified at the filth, stench and mess.

Speaking to The Witness, she said she must have counted about 200 taxis that had parked there. Jarrett said there was loud music, shouting and whistling right through the night, which carried on through to Saturday.

She said she had sent her complaints to eThekwini metro police commissioner Eugene Nzama yesterday morning, but had yet to receive a response.

Penning said that he had also had a disturbed night this past weekend due to the deafening noise.

“I kept on hearing dum-dum-dummmm,” he said. “We did phone the metro police and it would be quiet for a bit, but the minute the cops went around the corner, it would start again.”

There are not enough toilets in the area, so those who need to go to the toilet end up urinating everywhere, Penning said. According to him, the metro police do not allow taxis to park closer to the beach, so they park their vehicles at Stiebel Place near the Green Hub because of the open space.

By late yesterday afternoon, the eThekwini Metro Police had not responded to questions put to them about the issue.

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