Rules for keeping birds and a thumbs up for water dept

2013-10-21 00:00

A READER who does not want to be named has complained to the municipality about a neighbour keeping noisy pet birds. He said the noise starts at 6 am daily, and is incessant. On weekends the family cannot sleep and it is jarring on the nerves. He asked what could be done about the situation.

Msunduzi spokesperson Brian Zuma said the municipality’s Environmental Health Unit had received complaints about the noise nuisance from birds in that neighbourhood, but that several attempts to inspect the premises were unsuccessful, as the premises were found to be locked during the times of the inspections. The municipality has since been provided with a full report on the problem and has served a notice on the owners of the pet birds.

“The Environmental Health Unit will conduct an afterhours inspection and follow up to ensure compliance with the municipality’s notice. The decision to prosecute normally lies with our legal division, depending on the case presented before the legal adviser, should this be necessary,” Zuma said.

He added that there were by-laws that regulated the keeping of birds in the city and provided a summary of the regulations for the interest of readers:

•“No person shall keep any animal or bird in any stable so constructed or so situated that the animals or birds kept therein are likely to cause a nuisance or constitute a danger to health, or on premises which the Medical Officer of Health shall certify to be unfit for the purpose. •“No person shall erect or cause to be erected or use any aviary, pigeon loft or dovecote or other structure for the housing of birds (excluding poultry) on any property within 4,5 metres of any boundary thereof which abuts on a street or within 1,5 metres of any other boundary of the property,

•“Every such structure that is built has to be rodent-proof; it must be built so that it can be readily cleaned by washing and must not be directly linked to the interior of any dwelling house.”

Zuma said that in addition, council’s noise abatement bylaw also prohibited the generation of a disturbing noise. “The municipality normally deals with a noise nuisance in terms of the Noise Control Regulation framed under the Environment Conservation Act. Section 5 [Prohibition of a noise nuisance] of which states inter alia: “No person shall allow an animal owned or controlled by him to cause a noise nuisance,” he added.

Same-day service

THE Tarr family sent an e-mail saying they had recently reported a water leak in Ashby Road and received a response from the municipality that the complaint had been sent to the relevant department. “The same day the leak was fixed and a few days later the trench was filled in and tidied up. We are usually quick to complain, but not always to praise. So credit where it is due — thanks to the water department for prompt and efficient service,” wrote the Tarrs.

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