Residents petition quarry road closure

2016-01-27 06:00
The Moregrove quarry road that has been closed to the public. Photo: SASHIKA PILLAY

The Moregrove quarry road that has been closed to the public. Photo: SASHIKA PILLAY

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A GROUP of irate Malabar residents are complaining about the Moregrove quarry road being closed to the public.

These residents used to drive through the private road that leads into the Moregrove quarry, which is owned by Lafarge, as a shortcut from Malabar to their workplace and various schools, especially in the Newton Park area.

Rafeeq Moosagie, who used the quarry road daily as a shortcut to work, has put together a petition signed by about 80 residents who live near the Moregrove quarry and would like the road to be opened to the public.

“It is an absolute disgrace to have the quarry closed to the public. It’s the quarry trucks that mess up our roads and the least they can do is open the roads to the public.

“I used the (quarry) road every single day during the week. I live in Malabar, my business is in Newton Park and my child goes to Newton Park Pre-primary so it’s an inconvenience not to have that road open,” he said.

Ibrahim Asmal, who is also angry about the quarry road closure, said, “I think they should be more considerate. I work in Newton Park; I need to use the quarry during the week because it’s an inconvenience to drive right around Schauderville just to get to work,” he said.

“Many years back, they gave out discs for Malabar residents to use the quarry and that was very convenient. I understand that it is a private road which is why I am willing to pay to use that road,” he said.

Imran Moosagie, who used to drive through the quarry daily, said the quarry has been closed since last year.

“I used the quarry to take my daughter from our home in Malabar, to school at Moregrove Primary. It was such an inconvenience to find an alternative road,” he said.

He added that he wanted to use the quarry road for safety reasons too. “The quarry is safer than going through Schauderville. I remember coming from Schauderville towards Malabar and being caught in the crossfire of a shooting with gangsters.”

Lafarge Communications and Public Affairs manager, Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, said the decision to close the quarry road was taken following a series of road traffic violations which posed a safety risk to motorists. She added that the company would be held liable should there be a serious accident on their roads.

“The company noticed with concern the increasing amount of incidents on the road which resulted in a few near misses including an accident. Given that the company prioritises health and safety, we believe that the safety of our motorists far outweighs the inconvenience that has now been caused by the closure.”

“The decision was taken at executive level following prior notice to the road users,” Batyashe-Fillis said.

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