Truck yard to go legal - Ashburton must respond by tomorrow on rezoning plan

2013-12-30 00:00

ASHBURTON residents are gearing up for another fight to prevent a truck yard being developed in the suburb, even though this time the application is legal.

The truck yard, which operated illegally and was the subject of endless petitions and pleas to the municipality, was eventually shut down by a court order previously.

An application has been placed in The Witness for the re-zoning of the property at 50 Main Road, Ashburton. The application is for the rezoning from “Garden Lot Zone 2” to “Commercial Workshop”, to allow for the “parking and display of 30 to 40 trucks”.

The public has been invited to comment on the application and comments have to be in no later than tomorrow (December 31).

Ward councillor Sandy Lyne said copies of several objections, already submitted, have been forwarded to her. Meanwhile, resident John Lyle has reminded resi­dents who were party to the original objections not to forget to send their comments before tomorrow’s closing date.

Residents previously objected to the structure because it was illegal. However, they had also objected to it being an eyesore that was clearly visible from the N3 and detracted from the pervading countryside ambiance of the area.

Several residents living near the structure also complained that its presence had the effect of lowering property values in the area.

The Witness, after a visit, described the illegal truck yard as resembling a scrap­yard, with mangled and corroded truck parts littering the site. According to Lyle, there were also objections on environmental grounds as lots of oil leaked from broken-down trucks.

Lyne, as ward councillor, advised residents that comments on a re-zoning application can be either for or against the application. In a recent communiqué she reminded residents who plan to submit comments, to ensure they got to the municipality before tomorrow (December 31). She said it was advisable to keep a copy of what had been submitted. “If you e-mail it, please cc me. If you deliver it by hand then get a receipt from the person you hand it to,” she said.

Lyne added that the Ashburton Ward Committee was planning to meet before Tuesday to take a decision on whether they were going to submit an objection.

A copy of the application is available for inspection from 8 am to 4 pm at the corporate asset management public enquiry counter, 5th floor, Professor Nyembezi Building, 341 Church Street.

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