Owners of older HDB flats split over Vers

Some in one of the oldest blocks here say they would vote yes, while others want to age in place

Block 1 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, which is 50 years old, is home to some of the oldest non-rental flats. Some residents say moving house is disruptive, while others think a payout can go towards their next home or be passed on to their children.
Block 1 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, which is 50 years old, is one of the oldest blocks of non-rental flats. Some residents say moving house is disruptive, while others think a payout can go towards their next home or be passed on to their children.ST PHOTOS: KELVIN CHNG, GAVIN FOO
Block 1 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, which is 50 years old, is home to some of the oldest non-rental flats. Some residents say moving house is disruptive, while others think a payout can go towards their next home or be passed on to their children.
Resident Joe Thang will do his part to educate his elderly neighbours about the benefits of saying yes to Vers.ST PHOTOS: KELVIN CHNG, GAVIN FOO

Madam Valentina Doss still remembers the smell of nearby pig farms at Block 1 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh five decades ago, where she has lived since she was 19.

It is not her fondest memory, said Madam Doss, now 68 and retired, but it reminds her of how she has grown with Toa Payoh.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2018, with the headline 'Owners of older HDB flats split over Vers'. Subscribe