On Saturday morning, December 9th, Durban local group volunteers joined S.D.C.E.A., The Active Citizens Movement, Clairwood Racecourse Action Committee, residents and others in Protest against developing Clairwood Park into a logistics and industrial park.
The former Clairwood Park, a green lung, a buffer against pollution and industrial development, a place for people to seek safety in the event of a major industrial accident is no more. The land will be developed into a logistics and industrial park serviced by heavy duty trucks up to 2500/hr.! This development is unsafe and polluting. It will cause unhealthy vehicular and dust emissions, breakdowns, accidents, traffic jams, noise, vagrancy, prostitution, un-employment and social decay. A daily drive through Solomon Mahlangu Road (Edwin Swales)/ South Coast Road is a good example of how trucks serving similar logistical parks will expose people to dust storms, reduced visibility and an area prone to accidents, fires and disasters. All this will be closer to home in Merebank and Wentworth.
The local community represented through the Clairwood Park Action Committee has opposed the development. The Committee appealed the EIA record of decision. At the last Durban High Court hearing, the Judge requested the government to come up with a solution to the issues raised by the community. And the next appeal hearing was today 11 December 2017.