Decision regarding flea market rezoning

Umdoni Municipality, Scottburgh

More than one objector to the rezoning of the Scottburgh Flea Market Site has made copies of the letter received from the Ugu North Joint Municipal Planning Tribunal (MPT) available to the Rising Sun.

The letter lists the Tribunal’s reasons for approving the application to rezone the site, as follows:

• There is logic in extending the Civic Centre onto the immediately adjacent land rather than building on another site as that will contribute to the fragmentation of the municipal offices.

• There will be no impact on any historically regulated buildings.

• There will be no negative impact on the environment. There will be no negative socio-economic impact.

• There will be no negative impact on existing or proposed developments in the area.

• There will be no significant changes in current traffic volumes in Williamson and Arbuthnot Streets. There are no outstanding environmental issues at this stage. The MPT cannot comment on allegations of inappropriate or wasteful spending by the municipality, nor can it comment on allegations of poor leadership or lack of good governance, as these issues are beyond the scope of the Tribunal’s investigations. The MPT does wish to place on record however, that the initial submission by the applicant was defective in numerous ways and the application had to be referred back to the applicant on many occasions. The approval of the rezoning of the site is subject to certain specific conditions:

• The municipality must adhere to the recommendations made in the May 2016 Geotechnical Report by Drennan Maud (Pty) Ltd. A registered professional engineer must oversee the construction phase of the project.

• The municipality must negotiate an alternative site with the flea market convenor. The municipality must, if possible, make parking bays 1-32 available to the Scottburgh Bowls Club on non-working days.

• An Environmental Management Plan must be submitted to the environmental department of the municipality and an environmental control officer must be appointed for the duration of the project.

• No pruning or trimming of existing tress on the site may take place without the permission of the environmental department of the municipality. Written objections to the above must be submitted within 30 days (but no date given) to P.O Box 19, Scottburgh, 4180, or e-mailed to, or delivered by hand to the Municipal Manager at the municipal offices in Williamson Street.

Queries may be submitted to the Town Planner, Mr Raymond Ntombela, at

MSCRS Reporter

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