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Stallholders in row with WP town council

Hawkers at two Bedok food centres say they never had to pay for scaffolding erected to wash ceilings

Published on May 26, 2013 8:33 AM
 

Stallholders at two food centres in Bedok are locked in a dispute with their town council over the top-to-bottom cleaning of the centres.

The disagreement is about whether stallholders should have to foot any of the bill for power washing the ceilings and ceiling fixtures, an exercise that is done twice a year and requires them to vacate the premises for five days.

The two food centres are in blocks 511 and 538 of Bedok North Street 3, in the Kaki Bukit ward of Aljunied GRC. They are managed by the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) of the Workers' Party (WP).

Stallholders said they were informed they had to pay for the scaffolding that is erected for the washing, but said they never had to in the past.

 
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There shouldn't be extra charges

"AHPETC is supposed to conduct regular spring cleaning including the ceilings, exhaust systems, fans, lights and other fixtures. There should not be any additional charges since the town council collects service and conservancy charges from the hawkers on a monthly basis."

A National Environment Agency spokesman


It's town council's responsibility

"We feel it is for the new town council to negotiate with the cleaners to include the cleaning of high areas."

MR CHAN, a stallholder representative