Factory plan rejected

2016-12-23 10:34
Mountain Rise residents against move to sell prime land for a linen workshop.

Mountain Rise residents against move to sell prime land for a linen workshop. (Graphics24)

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Some residents living in Mountain Rise have voiced their objection to the municipality’s plans to sell land for a factory.

Residents who contacted The Witness said a factory on their doorstep will be “an eyesore” and lead to a drop in the value of their houses.

The Witness published an article on Thursday revealing the municipality’s plans to sell the vacant land, near Tucker and Apollo roads, to a local businesswoman.

Hajra Bibi Essa, the owner of African Diya Trading 02 cc, which popularly trades as Parklane Linen, made an application to the city council to purchase the land with the intention to build a linen factory.

One of the residents, Tasneem Essack, said she was “totally against” the sale of the property.

She said that the land should be sold at auction to open bidders.

A resolution was passed at Msunduzi Municipality’s last full council meeting earlier this month to have the land sold at R2 495 000.

Another resident, Himathlal Soni, said he “101% objects to a factory being built in the area”.

Soni, who lives in Apollo Road, said if the factory was built it would be on his doorstep.

“There are factory spaces that are available in Willowton Road. Why come and build here in a residential area?” Soni asked.

He said he had lived in the area for about 35 years and was not willing to see the value of his home go down should a factory be built.

“It was my life ambition to build a house for my family and I have spent about R30 000 on security upgrades to it.

“This is just not acceptable,” Soni said.

Sharda Maharaj, who lives in Tucker Road, said Mountain Rise is a prime residential area and people who live there pay “top rates”.

“This is absurd and we don’t expect this factory to crop up all of a sudden.

“We will do anything to stop it,” he said.

Maharaj added that he would join other residents in signing a petition and formally lodging their objections with the Msunduzi Municipality.

In a letter of motivation to Msunduzi Municipality, Essa said she wanted to build a linen factory that would supply the products to her business as well as others in the province.

She said the factory would create 30 to 50 new employment opportunities for local people.

Another resident, Yacoob Dhoda, said Mountain Rise residents were some of the highest ratepayers in the province.

Dhoda said it was not acceptable to have an industrial factory in a residential area and said he believed the municipality should sell the land at a higher price for residential purposes.

The residents said they have gathered the relevant documents from the Msunduzi Municipality and are expected to file their formal objections on Friday [today].

Also read: Prime land marked for linen factory


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