Ignored queries to Msunduzi

2014-02-10 00:00

THE following queries were sent to the Msunduzi Municipality since Monday last week. We had not received a response to any by yesterday afternoon.

Sandy Rowney expressed concern about an electricity pole that was erected outside her office at the corner of Boom and Peter Kerchhoff streets two weeks ago.

“They dug a big hole, put in this new pole [which is now not even straight] and then filled the hole. What they of course did not bother to do is to put back the paving slabs, which they removed to put the new pole in,” she said.

Rowney said the slabs were left in the middle of the pavement and in their garden (“This they managed to destroy while they were working!”). “We have now moved these slabs ourselves so that pedestrians can have a clear pathway on which to walk,” she said.

Rowney asked, “Isn’t this just so typical of the shoddy workmanship of our municipality?”

A concerned resident cited poor road markings at the intersection of Old Greytown Road and Aquarius Drive as a “death trap”.

“The double lane going towards Copesville narrows to a single lane with a painted island. There are no visible paint markings to warn drivers of the narrowing of the lanes,” he said.

He said motorists travelling from Copesville wanting to turn right into Aquarius Drive, to get into Orient Heights, have to wait in the demarcated area to turn right.

“But vehicles coming from the opposite direction are racing towards you in both lanes, because the road markings are not visible,” he said.

He called for the responsible department to rectify the problem immediately before a serious accident happens.

Colleen Cumming asked: “Where are the traffic police when you need them?”

She was horrified after an incident in Hoosen Haffajee Street (between Peter Kerchhof and Chief Albert Luthuli streets) last week when the driver of a white Isuzu bakkie (registration supplied), began hooting and then hurled abuse at a motorcyclist because he was travelling “too slowly”.

“The driver of the Isuzu was on the phone the entire time, and the most frightening thing is that he was transporting around 14 school children in the back of the bakkie,” she said.

Cumming said this was a recipe for a serious accident to happen: travelling fast, talking on a cellphone while driving, pressuring other motorists, road rage and transporting children illegally. “I would like it if this driver could be brought to book,” she said.

D.G. Webber complained about weeds and long grass alongside the main roads in the Hayfields, Cleland and Scottsville areas, as well as along Boshoff Street. “Pedestrians have no pavement to walk on as it is completely overgrown! The general appearance of these suburbs is shocking and totally unacceptable,” she said, calling on the parks department to address the matter soon.

Richard Clacey was concerned about the state of the municipal open land adjoining Forest and Ashby roads in Prestbury. Clacey said this was once a beautifully maintained park. However, it has been in a state of increasing neglect since 2007.

“As the Dorpspruit River and Community Project we have attempted to manage the adjacent open area to prevent the entire open area falling into a state of neglect and decay,” said Clacey.

He said unfortunately there is only so much they can do with their own time and resources.

“The result of this malaise is an increase in dumping and littering in the local area. It is clear that there is an absolute correlation between municipal neglect and the problems of littering and dumping,” said Clacey.

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