Resident complains local road is safety and health hazard and needs repairing

2010-10-22 00:00

THE Sugar Mill Road is a safety and health hazard, according to a Port Shepstone-based family who live there.

According to Marian Rankin, who lives in a house on Sugar Mill Road with her daughter and granddaughter, the tarred surface outside the house turned into a gravel road during the severe coastal floods of 2008.

“They have come here a few times and tried to fix the road by straightening it out, but it never lasts,” she said.

“The dust that we get from cars that travel on the road now is totally unbearable.”

Rankin, who estimates that between 800 and 1 000 cars pass on the road each day, says her seven-year-old granddaughter has been suffering from bronchial ailments as a result of the dust and that doctors have confirmed that she too has been suffering because of the dust.

Rankin said that both she and her daughter, Deidre, have contacted the roads department on numerous occasions.

“We have been told that the road is a provincial road and it therefore falls outside of the control of the local municipality,” Rankin said.

“They have also told us that there are many people like us who are requesting tar roads.”

Rankin added that she has witnessed several near-accidents because of the state of the road.

“It is going to cause an accident one day,” she said.

“The cars come racing down the road and once they hit the gravel they slam on brakes and it is very dangerous.”

The Witness spoke to the director of human settlement and infrastructure at the Hibiscus Coast Municipality, Simphiwe Nikelo, who said there would be a comprehensive follow-up on the matter.

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