Ward 49 Councillor Tino Pillay has urged residents to take heed of a proposed plan to erect a free standing cellular communication base station at 48 Southbury Avenue, Millview Primary School, in Phoenix.

According to Pillay, residents can file their objections against the installation before deadline on Tuesday, 2 April. He said the proposed plans were advertised in the national papers on 15 February. Pillay said many residents are unaware of these plans and urged residents to submit their written objections before the deadline.

“An email was sent to me informing me of a proposed cell tower to be erected on Millview Primary School, I immediately called the principal and enquired of this. She was aware of this and in agreement with the erection of the cell tower on the school premises, with the support and approval of the SGB.

As the ward councillor, I took it upon myself to inform the residents via social media. Parents complained that they had not been given any notice of this project and have also not been given the opportunity to share their concerns.

A parent meeting should be in order to clarify all the concerns as this should have been the SGBs first step in communicating this proposal to the parents of Millview Primary, thereafter a unanimous and informed decision should be taken and approved,” said Pillay.

Principal of Millview Primary School told The Phoenix Tabloid that she won’t be able to comment on the matter. According to a statement by eThekwini Municipality, before anyone can install a cell mast in the city, they must first obtain local authority authorisation / approval from the city.

The municipality, in considering proposals for the location of base telecommunications transmission stations, has to be mindful of the need for the development of an effective and efficient communications system within the municipal area. In this regard, the municipality is required to give fair consideration to the requirements of the service providers to develop an effective and efficient communications system and to the protection of the community in which such installations are to occur. The installation of these stations must be undertaken in such a manner that their impact upon the environment is minimised.

Residents can drop off their written objections to region co-ordinator at central region, land use management branch, ground floor, 166 KE Masinga Road, Durban, or by registered post to PO Box 680, Durban, 4000, by fax: 031 311 7859, or by email Lucky.

For enquiries contact the central regional office on 031 311 7165. Objections must also be lodged to the applicant, Sherwin Maharaj of Holku and Associates (Pty) Ltd, PO Box 978, uMhlanga Rocks, 4320, email admin@holku.co.za or contact
039 975 1212.