WP town council takes steps to collect S&CC arrears, says court action is last resort

SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party town council has taken steps to collect some of the service and conservancy charges it is owed, but has said that it will use court action only as a last resort.

Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) vice-chairman Png Eng Huat told The Straits Times that legal proceedings are started "as a last resort after some time has elapsed".

"From the first reminder right up to the legal letter sent to the resident, there are ample time and opportunities for the resident to make payment or negotiate a payment plan with the Town Council," he added.

"The resident can also approach the respective MP for further assistance."

Since 2012, the town council has been looking into the cases of residents who have not paid up their service and conservancy charges (S&CC), Mr Png said.

He was responding to media queries after a report on Tuesday in Chinese-language daily Lianhe Zaobao, which said some residents had approached the People's Action Party branch chairmen in Aljunied GRC for help after receiving lawyers' letters of demand from AHPETC over the last few months.