Residents furious, and Sanral says no to truck stop

2014-12-23 00:00

THE proposed truck stop next to Hayfields Kwikspar has residents outraged, with even a threat of taking the municipality to court.

According to a document issued by ­Msunduzi Municipality’s superintendent Chanderalall Parbhoo six months ago, it was proposed a truck stop be built on municipal land next to the Kwikspar at a cost of about R3 million.

Hayfield resident Errol de Koning said the social problems the proposed truck stop would bring would be devastating to their property values and their community.

“With the truck stop comes prostitution and our property values will depreciate,” he said.

De Koning added the issue of the noise the trucks make will be made worse and if the municipality went ahead with the ­proposal, the residents would take them him to court.

“You cannot have a truck stop in a residential area. We have to nip this in the bud before the temporary stop is built because the temporary stop will become permanent.”

Resident Lynne Brook said Hayfields was a nice area but property values will definitely decrease if plans for a truck stop go ahead.

“It will be a nightmare. There will be prostitution, noise, pollution and diesel spillages.”

Brook added the roads would be in an even worse condition than they are now.

Msunduzi Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said the municipality had looked over the document issued by Parbhoo and were “fine with it”.

Municipal spokesperson Madeleine Jackson said they had been advised by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on the building of the truck stop.

“It is Sanral that advises on matters pertaining to the establishment of a truck stop. They also provided the municipality with material relative to such,” said Jackson.

Sanral operational manager Logashri Sewnarain said they were yet to discuss the detailed plan of the proposed truck stop with the Msunduzi Local Municipality.

“Currently, no final agreement has been reached with the municipality or any relevant stakeholder about the best and most convenient location of the truck stop.

“Sanral would never endorse the establishment of such a truck stop in a residential area, as this would compromise road safety and increase noise pollution for the residents.”

Sewnarain added that once the plan has been finalised in the new year, it will be communicated to the residents.

Last year, The Witness reported former council speaker Babu Baijoo’s commitment to finding a solution to the truck issue in Hayfields.

He said on April 30, 2013, that “the problem would be tackled once an additional 30 traffic officers were employed by June or July 2013”.

Jackson said the municipality were still in the very early stages of planning and could not comment further.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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