Is municipality and Sanral in ‘partnership’?

2015-11-25 06:23

THE chairman of the Upper South Coast Anti-toll Alliance and Member of SDCEA and Athlone Park Civic Association, Ted Holden appeals to all in the south of Durban to recognise the fact that eThekwini and Sanral are planning to do as they like to the road and rail infrastructure, without proper and honest public participation.

“While I have been sticking some spikes into Sanral’s plans, I should add our eThekwini are in almost the same boat, as they are not moving in our favour in the upper South Coast,” he said.

Last week Holden asked, via the press, why eThekwini has not invested in traffic lights, instead of (an often absent) traffic cop at the two trouble traffic spots in Toti. He said eThekwini’s response on this issue, substantiates his earlier statement.

“The upgrades according to the city spokesman Tozi Mthethwa is as follows: “The city approves Sanral’s upgrades and support the proposal, as these are in line with the broader strategic plans of the municipality. The city does provide the strategic direction of traffic growth projections to the various entities operating in the region. Similarly upgrades to the north of Durban take into considerations projects like the Dube Tradeport and Cornubia Housing Development as well as Ballito project in determining bulk transport provision.’

“Notice there is no mention of the Dug-out-Port and the increased traffic to the south from N3 onto N2 into the new port and also, from the south to the port,” Holden stated.

“Has anyone seen the eThekwini plans? Who decides what good for us?” he asked and said the words ‘bulk traffic’ gives me the shivers.

“My appeal is that we need to have a face to face discussion with all the councillors in our area and demand a close look at what is planned for us here. Who can arrange this as soon as possible? Who has the clout to do this? I will support but I am confined to morning only meetings,” Holden said.

- Supplied.

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