Trucks where they should not be?
I wish to draw your attention to a problem that is causing great distress to the homeowners in the area of the corner of Rawson and Hedge streets adjacent to the Knysna Bowling Club and Canon/Office Supplies, which is predominantly a residential area. This open untarred space is used throughout the day by courier companies as well as heavy-duty trucks that park overnight, with most of the trucks arriving early evening and departing at dawn.
In 2002 (ref. no. 17/3/5/2) my husband submitted a letter to the Knysna municipality regarding this problem and a “no truck” parking sign was erected, but this has since been removed. The no-parking sign was of no help as it was ignored by the truck drivers.
Here are some examples:
1. Massive trucks with trailers (Biddulphs) loading and unloading of furniture.
2. Flatbed trucks with trailers transporting anything from steel to plastic.
3. Flatbed trucks transporting bricks with winch to offload onto another truck.( Rheebok bricks)
4. Milk bowser with trailer (Nestlé) has left trailer in area for a weekend already.
5. Petrol bowser (Moov) with trailer (unhooking trailer and leaving this on the premises for an entire weekend, hopefully empty). 6. School buses
7. Transport buses (City to City), 8. Refrigeration trucks running their motors throughout the night polluting the area with diesel fumes (big concern) as well as noise pollution all night long.
9. Repairing of vehicles – particular white Datsun bakkie parked on site for more than a week.
Knysna is in desperate need of a designated safe truck and depot stop for the drivers to overnight with clean ablution facilities so as not to have these trucks use this open ground in a residential area.
Areas that could accommodate trucks:
1. Waterfront Drive, below the old Stepping Stones – easy access off and to the road.
2. The old waste by rail depot – ample parking for trucks.
3. Outside of Knysna, before the Rheenendal turn-off, truck stop already. Only needs ablution facility and a sign indicating that it is a truck stop.
I am attaching photos that were taken on 5 September 2017 on the site in question.
Hopefully a solution regarding this problem can be found soon.
Ed note: No comment has been received from the Knysna municipality.
A resident says this informal “truck stop” at the corner of Rawson and Hedge streets in Knysna is causing great distress to homeowners in the area.