Mills Circle to appeal new Superspar

2011-07-18 00:00

THE Msunduzi administrator, Sibusiso Sithole, has defended his decision to approve the construction of the Hayfields Superspar in Mills Circle despite objections from residents who will be affected by the development.

At a special full council sitting on Friday he said: “I applied my mind when making this decision”, adding he took into account “the totality” of views put before him.

He said he “looked into” the issues put before him, and was obliged by law to make a decision by June 30.

Based on what he heard, especially the inputs of professional people, including legal opinions, he had no choice but to approve the development, he said.

There were objections, he said, but some were withdrawn.

“I did not take a unilateral decision. It was based on all professional views that were brought to me,” said Sithole.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Bill Lambert asked why the nearby disused caravan park was not used for this development, because there are a lot of residents of Mills Circle who will be affected.

Sithole said those who object to his decision can take it up to the next level. Lambert commented that the sooner the municipality is running its own affairs the better.

Nora Choveaux of PMMB Trust, who represents the residents, asked why they were not invited to an executive committee meeting on June 23 so the administrator could have taken their objections into account when making a decision.

Choveaux said they intend to appeal the decision.

Another resident pleaded with the administrator to “apply his common sense rather than greed”.

Dagny Ferreira said she lives at 15 Mills Circle, right next to were the proposed delivery area will be.

“We are not opposed to another development in Hayfields, we just don’t understand why they must destroy a beautiful residential area when there is vacant land available not far from this site where the developer will generate the same rates and create the same amount of jobs just up the road,” she said.

There were 72 objections to the development, 32 from people who live in Mills Circle, and only three non-objecting letters.

Ferreira said Mills Circle is a peaceful, well established area where the only traffic is generated by the residents of the road.

“We bought our properties before the development was proposed and we need protection from this.

“If the rezoning is granted then there is no property in Pietermaritzburg that is safe from encroaching development destroying the sense of place and tranquility,” she added.

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