Build community spaces for residents of private estates

Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong with children on the rooftop of Oasis Terraces yesterday. The mall in Punggol has community gardens and a fitness corner on the roof, as well as 106 shops.
Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong with children on the rooftop of Oasis Terraces yesterday. The mall in Punggol has community gardens and a fitness corner on the roof, as well as 106 shops.ST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN

I urge the Government to provide community spaces for residents living in private estates (HDB launches first of its new neighbourhood centres, Feb 18).

I live in a private housing enclave in Pasir Ris and my neighbourhood lacks a community focal point for residents from different condominiums to interact with one another.

I have raised this issue with my MP, asking that a community space with a public playground for children in my neighbourhood be built, but this has yet to materialise.

As was rightly pointed out by Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong, Singaporeans need this "third space" where neighbours gather, socialise and build a sense of community.

Lee Yong Se

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2019, with the headline 'Build community spaces for residents of private estates'. Print Edition | Subscribe