New park sparks sewerage fears

2009-09-28 00:00

RESIDENTS have opposed the development of a light industrial park along the Richmond/Umlaas Road interchange, despite the economic opportunities that will arise.

This was revealed by DA councillor Judith Lawrence at a recent corporate strategic planning (CSP) committee meeting.

Lawrence said she discussed the issue with the area’s ward councillor, who said residents are worried that every small development that has taken place there seems to have its own separate sewerage system.

She said a survey needs to be conducted to find out what impact this was having on the environment, especially regarding pollution of local streams.

“An overall sanitation plan for the entire area is needed,” said Lawrence.

Process manager for infrastructure planning and survey, Trevor Cowie, said he discussed the matter with deputy municipal manager for infrastructure services, Phil Mashoko. He said concerns regarding the sanitation system are still being investigated and that is the reason why the service agreement had not yet been prepared.

ANC councillor Sibongile Mkhize said they had already approved the development so they had to implement it and the job and investment opportunities were greatly beneficial.

Municipal manager, Rob Haswell, also voiced his approval in a report tabled at the meeting, saying: “... our municipal area has far too little industrial land at present and it is overcrowded in the city itself. This development will contribute to a new node and corridor, and urgently needed investment and job creation.”

The municipal legal team advised that the matter be sorted out prior to a hearing, which is scheduled for November 13.

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