Filling station objections heard

2017-11-29 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedStandstill traffic on new Scotland Road next to where the new development is proposed.

PHOTO: suppliedStandstill traffic on new Scotland Road next to where the new development is proposed.

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THE Msunduzi Municipal Planning Tribunal (MPT) met with the concerned citizens and other objectors last Friday at Harry Gwala Stadium to discuss the proposed development to be built on the corner of College Road and Scotland roads.

Msunduzi Municipality proposed a plan to build a petrol filling station, car wash and convenience store, which residents objected to.

Four hundred residents on these roads are opposing this proposal.

Two high schools next to the proposed development are also opposing the proposal.

In a meeting the schools had their legal counsel, who submitted their concerns.

They said the reference to city by-laws, pointing out that the application, had failed to address the cumulative socioeconomic and environmental impact and assessment required, and therefore, the applicant had not furnished the MPT with the mandatory legal requirements to approve such an application. It was also placed on record that many inconsistencies and contradictions exist within the application(s)/documents.

Existing fuel retailers, in close proximity to the proposed site also raised their concerns.

They said that the proposed petrol filling station would not create greater need for fuel within the area, but rather would dilute or redistribute the existing demand.

Boy Zondi, Chairman of Kwa-Zulu Natal Taxi and Commuter Corporation (KZNTCC), said that if such can be approved it would be in direct conflict with municipal and KZNTCC strategic plans to eliminate traffic on the heavily congested route - in favour of a quality public transport initiative – which plans to reduce traffic volumes experienced.

In a definitive moment, believed by many in attendance, to be the “death knell” for the proposed development, the applicant accepted the findings and restrictions imposed by roads and transportation, expressing a desire to proceed with the application.

However, when questioned, the applicant conceded that based on the feasibility assessment (commissioned by themselves), that when such restriction is applied, the development is not feasible.

The Municipal Planning Tribunal (MPT) is yet to meet to decide on the application.

- Supplied.


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