Since the early 1990s, the HDB has ceased to provide heavy vehicle parking spaces in residential estates, for safety and environmental reasons.
Heavy vehicles now have to park at designated spaces away from the residential environment.
This promotes good usage of the road network, reduces traffic congestion and improves the lives of the people.
Interestingly, though, heavy vehicle parking spaces have existed for decades in the Teck Whye neighbourhood centre, in extremely close proximity to dwellings.
Why not take back these spaces and convert them into inclusive green and recreational spaces?
This can help cool the environment and create better conditions for social activities, thereby encouraging greater communal interaction.
Singapore's land policies enable change and renewal of existing developments.
It is time for a radical re-thinking of our idea of neighbourhoods, especially with regard to what and who they should contain and how they can lead to a cleaner, safer and more pleasant environment.
Loong Chik Tong