We’re running out of backyards, people!

Is this another case of the Not In My Backyard Syndrome (NIMBY)?

The Residents’ Committee (RC) in Toa Payoh put up a notice last year, saying that they would be building an RC centre at The Peak @ Toa Payoh. Some residents were unhappy about it, and signed a petition against the plan. Concerns cited include ventilation, lighting and safety of the area.

I wonder if the same concerns would apply if the plan was to build a private swimming pool, private carpark, or a tennis court instead of an RC centre.

Doubt there would be as much unhappiness if the plan was to build some fanciful facility that would increase the value of their flats! In fact, one resident even came out to say that even though an RC centre was necessary, she would rather “have it built elsewhere”.



This is sadly not the first time something like that has happened in Singapore. Serangoon Gardens, that Bishan nursing home and now an RC centre. Everyone wants more facilities, but only if these facilities were built elsewhere.

If everyone wants something to be built on other people’s backyards we are going to eventually run out of backyards OK?

At this rate, we’re going to have to import sand from Indonesia just to have enough backyards to build things. And that is not fun at all.


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