Truck site owner defies municipality

2010-06-17 00:00

IT appears to be business as usual at the controversial Ashburton trucking site, despite a recent decision taken by the Msunduzi Municipality to deny approval for the industrial operation to continue legitimately.

The Witness has learnt that more structures have been put up on the site for the construction of the large complex, and the municipality has not yet moved in to enforce the resolution passed at a recent sitting of the executive committee (Exco).

Following the decision to not grant the owner permission to have the site rezoned so the business can operate lawfully, the owner was meant to dismantle all the illegal structures, stop operating from the premises and move the operation to an area zoned for that type of business.

The municipality is well within its rights to move on to the premises, dismantle the illegal structures and invoice the owner for failing to do so himself.

But business is carrying on as usual and the residents who have objected to the rezoning want to know why the municipality is not acting.

Richard Lister, the attorney acting on behalf of the municipality in the legal matter with the owner of the truck site, said Msunduzi is “very definitely not going to allow” the owner to continue with the erection of illegal structures.

He said Ashburton residents should understand that before they can physically act against the owner, they have to follow specific procedures and make applications to the high court.

“We can’t just move in there and bulldoze everything. We need a court order first.”

Lister went on to say: “The public must please be assured that Msunduzi is not sitting on its hands.

“The necessary papers are being drafted.”

He said the reason for the delay is that the papers have to be drafted according to the new National Planning Act, which came into effect in May.


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