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No room for ‘not in my backyard’ on this tiny island

In 2012, the proposed building of studio flats at Toh Yi Drive for senior citizens caused some residents angst. Now, the flats, collectively named Golden Kismis, are nearing completion.

Ho Kong Loon

In 2012, the proposed building of studio flats at Toh Yi Drive for senior citizens caused some residents angst. Now, the flats, collectively named Golden Kismis, are nearing completion.

The Housing and Development Board has acted on the feedback from residents and others who were concerned over the elderly occupants of these and surrounding flats having to walk up and down the slope leading to and from the flats.

There are now three covered pavilions with seats for whoever needs a brief break on the way up or down the path, as well as a covered walkway from each pavilion to the block of flats adjacent to the paths.

In a tiny island, it is not always possible or practical to site residences for seniors away from others. There are relational, financial and related factors that make it positive and necessary to have the elderly live near loved ones.

In a similar manner, columbaria within temples, churches, et cetera, should not raise the hackles of those living near the said buildings. (“Planning of columbarium locations is URA’s duty”; Jan 12)

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