Truro Hall in tatters

2015-04-29 00:00

THE Truro Hall in Northdale has come under fire by Pietermaritzburg residents who say they are frustrated by its ­“pathetic” lack of maintenance.

The function venue, the largest in the Northern suburbs which comes with an hiring price of around R5 000 per function, has been slammed by ward councillors and residents for its “appalling” state, which they allege is the consequence of a lack of maintenance by the Msunduzi Municipality.

When The Witness visited the site ­yesterday, a number of visible issues were noted.

Floor tiles were cracked or missing; paint was peeling off the walls in some areas; the folding partitions were damaged and could not be opened or closed; the blinds in the main hall were damaged; and there were different spots in the ceiling that were leaking and had significant water damage.

Democratic Alliance Ward 30 councillor Jaiheen Singh said a few issues had been attended to by the municipality thus far, but this comes after years of complaints.

Local resident Kay Govender, who hired the hall recently for his daughter’s wedding said he was disappointed with the state of the facility.

“It was pathetic. It is definitely not suitable for the amount of money we paid them. We had visitors from overseas who just sat there and shook their heads,” Govender said.

“The floor was hideous with missing tiles all over the place, the toilets had a wire that you had to pull to flush and some don’t even work”.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the maintenance of municipal buildings including halls is undertaken by their buildings and facilities section.

“We have systems and structures in place to facilitate the reporting of such faults and work to be done and all this is undertaken with the financial resources permitting. Work has to be scheduled accordingly,” Madonda said.

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