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Updated: 03/18/2013 06:14 | By Channel NewsAsia

Petition against setting up of childcare centre at rooftop garden

Petition against setting up of childcare centre at rooftop garden


Petition against setting up of childcare centre at rooftop garden

SINGAPORE: Some Punggol residents are petitioning against the set—up of a childcare centre at the rooftop garden of a multi—storey carpark.

A closed—door dialogue session was held with residents on Sunday.

It’s understood that officers from the HDB and the Social and Family Development Ministry were also present.

Some residents told Channel NewsAsia they were informed about the plans to set up the centre at Block 180 Edgefield Plains, last week.

Some were concerned about the safety of the children, adding that there’s already a childcare centre within the vicinity.

Others felt that doing so goes against the government’s push to allocate more green spaces within housing estates.

Still, there were residents who felt the rooftop garden has been under—utilised and can be put to better use.

One resident said she’s garnered about 20 to 30 signatures for the petition.

Ow Bin Bing said: "If the small kids — two months old baby to seven years small kids, if anything happened, how can they run for their life? Let’s say if there was a fire or anything, I have been teaching for 27 years, I know the small kids are very active, if anything were to happen, who will be responsible for their safety?"

When contacted, MP for the area Penny Low said there are plans to build more childcare centres in Punggol.

She said some locations are suitable, while others are not.

And added that ground consultations and innovative use of space are needed, to make sure residents’ needs are met.

— CNA/ck

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