Marquee pitched in road

2010-10-18 00:00

DESPITE getting permission from the Msunduzi traffic department to erect a funeral marquee along a road just off the CBD, a family in mourning may be in for a rude awakening sometime today when they are held liable for damages caused as a result of their request.

This comes after holes were drilled into Havelock Road. They are likely to result in potholes once the steel tentpegs hammered into the road surface are removed.

A resident who alerted The Witness and spoke on condition his name was not used said there are plenty of fields in the area which could have been used.

Even the Edendale Nursing College fields, which are a stone’s throw away from the pitched tent, are standing empty, he said.

“It’s just not right. Holes were drilled into the road and when these pegs are pulled out, there will be damage caused which could result in potholes. And who’s going to pay for them to be fixed? Ratepayers,” he said.

The resident said the municipality is bankrupt as it is, without having to fork out for repairs caused by poor monitoring on the part of the traffic department.

When The Witness arrived on site yesterday morning, a large white tent was stretched across Havelock Road directly opposite the Edendale Nursing College, which is just off Pine Street.

Mourners could be heard singing hymns inside the marquee while others, some dressed in church uniforms, were entering

Those wanting to go into Havelock Road from Pine Street were prevented from doing so by traffic beacons.

Attempts to speak to the family were not successful.

Msunduzi’s acting marketing and communications manager, Brian Zuma, said permission was given to erect the marquee.

He said that normally the traffic department will conduct an assessment of the area where the marquee is to be put up to determine the level of inconvenience for other road users in that particular area.

“In this case, it was determined that the inconvenience caused would be minimal as there are other roads in the surrounding area that can be used instead,” said Zuma.

He encouraged residents who want to erect tents on roads to use steel frames instead of drilling into the road surface as this is likely to cause potholes.

“Our road guys will go and assess the place tomorrow and if there has been any damage, then we will liaise with the family,” said Zuma.

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