Msunduzi says no to truck yard

2010-06-09 00:00

ASHBURTON residents who have been fighting for the Msunduzi Municipality to take action against the United Truck Centre have finally had their wishes fulfilled.

The municipality refused an attempt by the owner to have the site rezoned to make it possible for him to park and sell his trucks.

Last week, The Witness reported that residents in the area were fed up with the municipality’s inaction because the property at 50 Old Main Road is being used as a truck yard even though it is not zoned for business.

Legal adviser William Cooper said they are working very hard to bring a court action against the owner of the truck centre because he is operating the business without the necessary permission.

“The fact that more than 130 objections were received in response to the application substantiated the municipality’s view that the property’s use is neither desirable nor necessary in the public’s view. The general amenity of the area will be severely impacted upon,” he said.

Municipal representatives who inspected the site also objected because they discovered that the road in the area would deteriorate at a faster rate if trucks continued to use it.

Further site inspections led to the discovery of illegal containers that are being used as offices.

Residents are also worried about the environmental damage that could be caused as a result of the oil coming from the trucks, which are being repaired on the premises.

Ward councillor Sandy Lyne said she is pleased that the rezoning application has been rejected because “people there really want this”. A further two petitions with hundreds of signatures were handed in on top of the 130 objections.

The applicant will be given the right to appeal the decision to disallow the rezoning, but the municipality is confident that its decision can be successfully defended.


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