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Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Trucks disturb once quiet suburb

Normally quiet suburban roads in Queensburgh have been turned into a highway by the owner of a trucking company who is using his residence to run his business, but now the neighbours have had enough.

'Trucks are shaking our houses, diesel fumes are everywhere, there are broken manhole covers in the street... we are not happy,' said a resident, who declined to be named for fear of reprisal.

He said he complained to the eThekwini Municipality and metro police over the past eight months about the trucks coming in and out of the Seymour Road property, but nothing had been done to remedy the situation.

'Has my neighbour got contacts that allow him to run an illegal trucking business? For eight months I have been sending photos and videos to metro police asking them to enforce the by-laws,' he said.

Another resident, who also declined to be named, said the trucks left early and returned at various times throughout the day.

When The Mercury first visited the property, a truck was parked alongside the driveway, behind a tree. The tar at the entrance to the house was damaged and the entrance had been widened.

NThe DA's councillor for Queensburgh, Andre Mitchell, said he too had sent complaints to the city. 'This person is clearly running an illegal business, and at hours during the night and at weekends. This is also causing a traffic hazard and possible road damage,' Mitchell said.

City spokesman Thabo Mofokeng confirmed that a complaint was received in July and that the trucks were illegally parked on the property.

'A contravention notice was served on September 20, which the property owner ignored. The site was then inspected in October and it was found that the trucks were still being parked,' Mofokeng said.

The matter was then handed over to the metro police.

'There is an offence being committed and the matter is being dealt with,' metro police spokesman Eugene Msomi said.

The Mercury visited the property yesterday to find metro police telling two women residents of the notices and the need for the trucks to be moved.

When approached for comment, one of the residents, who refused to identify herself, said the matter was 'being sorted out' and the trucks would be moved. The two women then asked The Mercury to leave the property.

The Mercury


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