Partying through the night

2014-10-07 00:00

DURBAN North residents are pleading for intervention at Blue Lagoon, saying they can no longer bear the mountain of broken beer bottles and empty take-away food containers left on weekends.

The culprits appear to be long-distance taxis taking over the picnic area as a parking spot. Residents claim loud music is played all night, preventing sleep.

Lee Jarrett from Riverglades Estate said the place had been turned into a taxi “hot spot”.

“Sadly, after resolving the problem and receiving apologies previously from Metro Police, the problem has returned.

“Taxis arrive around 4 pm or 5 pm and park there the whole night, making a noise with music and shouting.”

She said Blue Lagoon was not a camping site and taxis should not be allowed to park there at night. “Calls to Metro Police last weekend fell on deaf ears, as the taxis were not removed from the area and neither was the noise stopped,” she said.

Riverglades Estate body corporate chairperson Aubrey Penning said they were not objecting to them parking there, but the problem arose when the music started.

“It’s a public place and they can enjoy themselves, but the music reverberates across the river and then we can’t sleep. [It] stops about 8 am when we have to get up.”

He said they were “sick and tired” of this and that other people used the facility without problems, but the taxis were a different story.

Durban North councillor Shaun Riley has also received complaints about all-night “concerts” at Blue Lagoon. He urged residents to take reference numbers from the Metro Police when reporting the matter.

Morningside councillor Martin Meyer, who is responsible for Blue Lagoon, said there were insufficient ablution facilities. “And there is also the issue of public drinking, which is illegal. They should not be allowed to party all night.”

“The problem has again reared its ugly head and I don’t think officers on the ground realise it is illegal,” he said.

Metro Police spokesperson Eugene Msomi said many of the taxis came from the Eastern Cape and other far flung areas.

“These people come to enjoy themselves and unfortunately they do not book accommodation like your formal visitors, which at times leads to complaints from the locals.

“They are not allowed to cause disturbance and where reports of disturbance are received, corrective measures are taken,” said Msomi.

He did not respond to questions about how often patrols were done and to provide details on the steps taken.

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