Still no progress on truck stop plans

2015-02-03 00:00

MONTHS after the proposal for a truck stop in Msunduzi was issued, no progress has been made, plans lie stagnant and residents remain frustrated.

The Witness reported in December that the municipality had received a proposal by Superintendent Chanderalall Parbhoo, that suggested a truck stop be built next to the Hayfields Kwikspar in New England Road.

The proposal was presented in June 2014 and suggested the truck stop be funded by the South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

Residents were outraged at the thought of a truck stop in a residential area and said problems with prostitution, drugs and noise pollution would increase.

Msunduzi spokesperson Madeleine Jackson, however, said last year the proposal was still in its early stages and planning would begin again in the new year.

Hayfields councillor Sandy Lyne said she had heard nothing from the municipality on the progress of the planning of the truck stop despite her sending numerous e-mails.

“I’ve had such a terrible time trying to contact them,” she said.

“I have followed up with them about the truck stop twice and have had no reply from them.

“The officials are not communicating with the public at all,” said Lyne.

Another Msunduzi spokesperson, Thobeka Mafumbatha, confirmed that no further progress had been made in planning to build a truck stop.

Hayfields residents say they have had the issue with the trucks for years but their complaints always seemed to land on deaf ears.

A Hayfields resident who would not be named said the truck activity had worsened and he had seen many trucks parking on the centre island of the traffic circle so cars passing around could not see oncoming traffic.

“It is a major hazard. We asked them to do something two years ago and still nothing has happened.

“The municipality needs to find a suitable place for a truck stop and do something as quickly as possible,” he said.


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