The owners of 700 properties in the Clairwood area have just over two weeks left to submit their response to the city’s hotly contested back-of-port plan.
The plan looks at re-organising areas in and around the industrial South Durban basin. The city’s Soobs Moonsamy says the plan proposes the most drastic changes for the Clairwood area, where the city wants to re-zone business and residential areas into freight and logistics zones.
Moonsamy has urged residents to take the time to study the proposal before coming out against it. “You also need to think about the conflict this area has experienced for the past 60 years, if not longer. Has it changed positively – or negatively – and when do you decide to do what? “When do you decide that, look, I can get some value out of this process, or that the value for me is actually to be based here, and this should not change. “Those are the choices people have to make.”
Meanwhile, Moonsamy says the city met with civil society groups earlier today, and decided to form a development forum to allow communities to be more involved in planning.
Residents who want more information on the back-of-port plan can call their toll-free line at 0800-222-365. It is open between 8am and 4pm on weekdays.
The plan is also available online @ http://www.durban.gov.za/Resource_Centre/Current%20Projects%20and%20Programmes/Back%20of%20Port/Forms/AllItems.aspx and at local libraries in Umbilo, Austerville, Isipingo Beach, Lamontville, Merebank and Grosvenor.