Councillor defends boom gate removal

2009-06-25 00:00

“THEY did not in any way contact me for assistance,” said councillor Les Naidoo in response to claims that he refused to help the Coronet Place Homeowners’ Association get their neighbourhood security project off the ground.

Naidoo told The Witness that the association erected a boom gate and security shelters without seeking approval from council. This made their actions illegal and police were called in to remove the boom gate.

Naidoo said he failed to understand why residents of Coronet Place decided to erect the boom gate in Sterculia Cresent if they were concerned about crime on their street.

The problem with the boom gate, he added, was that the association placed it outside his home, which is situated on a bend, and cars coming around the corner could easily collide with it.

Naidoo said there were concerns that criminals could hide in the security shelters and monitor homes for possible break-ins.

He disputed allegations that he was responsible in getting municipal officials to remove security shelters in the area.

Naidoo said the association contravened the by-laws and made decisions to suit themselves.

Although he resides in the area, he added, it falls under the jurisdiction of ward councillor Ithiel Ngubane.

Speaking to The Witness, Ngubane said a meeting was held about the erection of the boom gate, but there was no consultation about the placement of the security shelters.

Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Mervyn Dirks and deputy municipal manager for development services Skhumbuzo Mpanza met the association yesterday to listen to their problems.

Dirks said Mpanza will investigate the matter and see whether the fine will be upheld.

He added that the municipality will see how the shelters could be regulated, but this will be possible only if the association applies for them in the correct manner.

“We’re not here to punish them, but to assist them.

“We’ll get back to them in a week and they will get their shelters back eventually,” said Dirks.





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