No to cell tower

2017-07-25 06:01

RESIDENTS along Glen Grey Drive in Waterfall are furious following their objections being rejected by the municipality regarding the proposed cellphone tower in the area.

Many claim that they did not receive notice of the tower and were only made aware of it after an article was placed in the Hillcrest Fever by a concerned day-care business near the proposed site.

“This is unacceptable.  We were not notified.  We will not accept this kind of response. None of our Glen Grey neighbours had any information and refuse to have towers like this erected in our neighbourhood,” said resident R. Hurly Coyne.

Another angry resident who did not want to be named said that the objection deadline should be delayed seeing that many residents were not aware of the tower in the first place.

“If we had not seen the article in the Hillcrest Fever, we would not have known there was a tower being built right on our ‘doorstep’.

“The company was very sneaky and made the signs so small that no one would read them. Why could they not have a meeting with the community first?
“They went behind our backs and now just want us to sit back and accept it.

“We demand an extension to the deadline and will continue to send objections to the municipality. The health and well-being of the area is at stake,” said the resident.

However, Thulani Magwaza, who received the objections on behalf of the municipality, said that there will be no extension to the deadline.

“The policy allows for neighbours who are within a 100 metres radius to be notified by registered mail. Those who are beyond the 100 m radius are notified via public newspaper, in this case The Mercury newspaper was used.

“The advert was published on June 2, 2017, with the expiry date of July 4, 2017.
“This means general public had 30 days to lodge an objection. On the day of publication, the applicant displayed the advert for a continuous period of 30 days, the site notice was legible (A3 size site notice is used).

“I have received a number of objections (about +-35) from neighbours. I have forwarded them to the applicant, and s/he is given 21 days to respond to objectors. In his response, all those who lodged their objections in time will be notified.”

 He said that the public will now have to wait for the council’s decision on the matter.



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