Most Singaporeans want sky gardens in residential areas: survey

The majority of Singaporeans like the idea of sky gardens in the housing estates.

This was evident from among the 7,500 who have taken part in a survey held in conjunction with the ‘Remaking Our Heartland’ exhibitions.

The exhibitions are making their rounds to various parts of the island to get public views on the Housing and Development Board’s regeneration strategies for the housing estates.

Under the concept of New Generation of Public Housing for old estates, 62 per cent of the respondents said they liked the features of a Sky Garden. 57 per cent liked the idea of ‘Housing in a Park’.

An overwhelming 97 per cent agreed that the proposals for Punggol would contribute to realising its vision of “A Waterfront Town of the 21st Century”.

In response to the proposal for Yishun Town, 58 per cent said they look forward to having a modern shopping complex integrated with housing and bus interchange at the Town Centre.

Meanwhile, 43 per cent looked forward to the upgrading of existing pedestrian malls.

HDB said a total of 62,000 people have visited the ‘Remaking Our Heartland’ exhibitions so far.

They will next move to Yishun and Jurong East. The exhibitions will be opened daily from 10am – 9pm, from September 29 till October 3, next to the Yishun and Jurong East MRT stations.

Those wishing to give their feedback on the plans can also visit the exhibition website at www.hdb.gov.sg. – CNA/vm

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 25 Sept 2007

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