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A PETROL STATION AT THE ENTRANCE TO KENTON ON SEA?

We don’t think so!

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The location of the proposed fuel service station is on erf 3139 behind the trees in this photo.

On Thursday 14 May 2015 a small, obscure notice concerning an application for the establishment of a petrol station at the entrance to Kenton on Sea was published in Talk of the Town (click here to view). The notice was intended to inform “Interested and Affected Parties” (IAPs) that an application had been submitted to the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism for the “proposed activity” on Erf 3130, Kariega Heights. The “proposed activity”(which was not stated) includes “four underground storage tanks with a capacity of 92 cubic metres”. The project had previously “been authorised” but the authorisation has lapsed. An “updated Basic Assessment” is now needed for this reason, and because of “changes to the proposed project”.

The last line of the advert states: “If you would like to receive information or make comments on the proposed project please register as an Interested and Affected Party by sending a facsimile, written letter or e-mail to Claire Reece of SRK Consulting” at PO Box 21842, Port Elizabeth, 6000; Fax: 041 509 4850; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please do so as soon as you have read this email. Steve Tredoux of Chas Everitt Estates, Kenton on Sea, responded to the advert after he read it. He received a “Background Information Document”(click here) and a “Registration & Comment Sheet” (click here) which stated that your comment “must reach” SRK Consulting by 12:00 on 28 May 2015. He added that you mayregister and comment “at any time” during the decision-making process. The deadline and “registration form” are for the convenience of SRK Consulting. They are not required by law, nor is a signature required by law.

KOSRA phoned SRK to complain about the limited amount of time given to IAPs to register AND submit their comments. One of the partners, who gave his name as Rob Gardner, agreed to “extend the deadline to Monday 1 June 2015”. He added that you may register and comment “at any time”, presumably during the “Basic Assessment” process.

In order to find out more about the validity of the implied deadline and the timeframe related to the public participation and decision-making process, KOSRA has e-mailed the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism in Port Elizabeth. The DEDEAT’s reply is awaited.

Please help us to block this proposal.

  • Firstly, fill in this form, enter your comment, and
    • e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. forthwith.
    • Alternatively fax it to 041 509 4850.
  • Secondly, please forward this e-mail to as many people as you can who have an interest or who are affected by this proposal. Please remember that apart from the fact that the petrol station will be at the one and only entrance into Kenton, there are two schools and a nursery school within a short distance of the proposed site. If you know someone who does not have access to e-mail facilities, please print out the form and help him or her to fax the form to SRK Consulting. Thank you.

The proponent is an investment company called “Seriso 616 (Pty) Ltd”. The advert provides no address for the company but the Company Profiles website provides a Uitenhage street address, a Port Elizabeth postal address and no telephone number. KOSRA has been informed that two of the parties involved in this company are a Dr Pillay of Port Elizabeth and an architect at the firm G&F Architecture of Port Elizabeth which is involved in designing the station.

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