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Sengkang West 'not quite Jalan Kayu'

Residents say new names lack geographical and historical bearing

Published on Mar 4, 2014 9:12 AM
 
Seletar Hills residents (from left) George Pasqual, 80; Larry Kuah, 66; Percival Jeyapal, 62; Ronald Phua, 55; Bob McClure, 71; and John Phang, 61, standing next to Sengkang West Avenue. To the left is the stretch of Jalan Kayu Road that has been removed and fenced off. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Seletar residents are up in arms over the naming of a new dual two-lane road where a portion of Jalan Kayu used to stand.

They say the names - Sengkang West Avenue and Sengkang West Way - bear little geographical and historical significance.

"Jalan Kayu, which means road of wood, reflects how the area was heavily wooded in the past. Naming it after Sengkang has little relation to the immediate area's past and heritage," said Seletar Hills resident George Pasqual.

The road is part of a new road network that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has been upgrading since 2011 to meet the expected rise in traffic generated by the new Seletar Aerospace Park and other developments in the area.

 
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NEED TO REFLECT AREA'S HERITAGE

Jalan Kayu, which means road of wood, reflects how the area was heavily wooded in the past. Naming it after Sengkang has little relation to the immediate area's past and heritage.

- Seletar Hills resident George Pasqual