Controversial truck yard applies to regularise site

2009-12-03 00:00

A RE-ZONING application has been lodged by the United Truck Centre, owners of the controversial truck yard in Ashburton visible from the N3 freeway.

An application was submitted by Bluepoint Development and Planning on behalf of the owner of the property, Ayoob Moosa, on September 10 and it was advertised on November 6 that the municipality is to consider an application to re-zone the property at 50 Old Main Road, Ashburton, from “Garden Lot Zone 1” to “Special Business Zone” in order to regularise the selling and parking of trucks.

United Truck Centre have been operating on the site since 2007.

According to objectors opposed to the re-zoning, the application was made long after the trucking business had been established and, consequently, does not reflect the environmental degradation that has taken place on the site.

The Msunduzi Municipality took the landowner to court in February, on the basis that the landowner had not applied for special consent to run a business, was conducting a trucking business on property allocated for Garden Lot Zone 1 usage, and had terraced the site and removed all the vegetation. The municipality lost the case on a technicality, but has since reinstituted proceedings.

The Ward 37 committee is submitting objections to the application. “We are not opposed to development in the area,” says ward councillor Sandy Lyne.

“But in this case, we are supporting the residents who are objecting to re-zoning and don’t want an industrial, commercial enterprise like this in a residential, environmentally-sensitive area.”

The Witness contacted the United Truck Centre for comment, but the owner, Moosa, was not available to respond.

Objections to the re-zoning application must be in writing and must be submitted to the deputy muncipal manager (development services) at Fifth floor, Professor Nyembezi Building, 341 Church Street, no later than noon on Monday, December 7.

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