Litterbug vigilantes living in Jalan Besar condos: “We just want a clean and civic-minded neighbourhood.”

29/5/2022 4:23:00 PM

'They knew I was always taking pictures, sending them to LTA and getting them fined.'

'They knew I was always taking pictures, sending them to LTA and getting them fined.'

For years now, residents in the Jalan Besar neighbourhood, specifically around the Petain Road, Somme Road and Cavan Road areas, have stepped up to ensure their neighbourhoods remain clean, civil and welcoming. Recently, their efforts garnered far more attention (and admirers) than they had anticipated. For example, one of them, Ms. Wendy Chan, who lives... The post Litterbug vigilantes living in Jalan Besar condos: “We just want a clean and civic-minded neighbourhood.” appeared first on 99.co.

Mothership.Read full article 26 May 2022, 5:02 am · The two-storey semi-detached house was put up for auction on May 27 (Photo: SRI) SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - A two-storey semi-detached house on Jalan Tanah Puteh , located off Upper East Coast Road, will be put up for liquidator’s sale at SRI’s auction on May 27.A picture of HDB.Read full article 26 May 2022, 5:02 am · The two-storey semi-detached house was put up for auction on May 27 (Photo: SRI) SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - A two-storey semi-detached house on Jalan Tanah Puteh , located off Upper East Coast Road, will be put up for liquidator’s sale at SRI’s auction on May 27.

In CCTV footage, she was seen chasing after two grown men after she caught them littering at her property’s doorstep.The CCTVs are part of her condo’s security cameras and Chan herself is the chairwoman of her condo’s MCST since its first AGM about 8 to 9 years ago.5 million.“On that day, our cleaners were off or had gone back to Malaysia, and we had a temporary cleaner.The problem is once you are there, what should you be looking out for? Most people would look at the usual suspects, like how long it takes to walk to the MRT station or what buses are plying the route.It just so happened that I had just finished my exercise and decided to check on how our temp was doing via CCTV.See also: Mortgagee sale of converted four-bedder at 3 Orchard By-The-Park for $7.“I saw these guys in real-time dumping their drink can in our flower pot, so in the spur of the moment, I chased after them across the park to tell them to do the right thing instead,” Wendy, who is in her 50s, shared.3 mil The double-storey home has a built-up area of 4,671 sq ft.

While doing so could have endangered her life (if the people she confronted became violent), Wendy said she didn’t really think much about it then.It was completed 30 to 40 years ago, says SRI Auction managing partner Mok Sze Sze.Today, we'd be viewing a unit at Skywoods, a 99-year leasehold condo in the Upper Bukit Timah area.But it was only upon reflection later, did she remind herself to be more careful.That CCTV footage of rampant litterbugs is just one of many issues Wendy and many other residents in the neighbourhood face on a weekly basis.Off the dining area is an enclosed kitchen, which leads out to the service yard.Another resident is 47-year-old Benjamin, who lives with his wife and pet dog at 35-unit Cavan Suites along Cavan Road.Of course, you still won't be able to predict what may happen in a longer time frame, but at least you will have enough indication of what is coming up in the near future.Having lived there for the past 12 years and travelled the world as an IT salesman, Ben feels there’s more that can be done to improve the image of the neighbourhood.The previous owner had divided one of the two bedrooms and converted the space into an en suite home office.The previous owner had divided one of the two bedrooms and converted the space into an en suite home office.

“Over the past decade, I’ve seen an increasing number of people in the Jalan Besar area, locals and foreigners, young and old, littering cigarette butts, rubbish and beer bottles.” Story continues (Ben shared the following WhatsApp video of discarded beer and drink cans/bottles at a playground just beside City Square Mall).The property also has a car porch that can accommodate four cars, with a backyard where the previous owner has installed an outdoor deck.If the are plots next door check for the plot ratios as well as that gives you an indication of the height of the building.(He even shared a video of rat infestation behind City Square Mall.“They’re so bold that they’re out in broad daylight.It is located within the Siglap area in District 15.”) “I’ve spoken to a few expatriates and tourists staying here, telling me that Singapore is actually very dirty.1 so the good news here is that you aren't going to get anything higher towering over you.Properties along Jalan Tanah Puteh rarely go up for sale, says SRI’s Mok, but activity has picked up over the past year.

Having visited other countries like Japan, they were surprised to see Singaporeans littering in the vicinity,” Ben added.The most recent transaction — the only one so far this year, based on caveats lodged — was for a semi-detached home with a land area of 6,504 sq ft that was sold for $8.“There was one time when I got into trouble at the HDB void decks nearby.I advised several men who were drinking there not to leave beer bottles lying around.The car porch of the property (Photo: SRI) In 2021, a total of four freehold semi-detached houses located along Jalan Puteh was sold.Still, the current infrastructure of the area is probably not enough to cope if all these plots are taken up, so I have my money on the big reserve plot just opposite Dairy Farm Road to probably be some sort of shopping centre type facility.It ended up in an argument.“On Saturday nights, I sometimes visit the Somme Road playground area to tell the foreigners drinking there to toss their beer bottles into the trash bin.8 million ($1,658 psf).8 million ($1,658 psf).

If I get there too late, and they’re already drunk, then they’ll ignore me and I’ll see a lot of broken bottles in the area on Sunday.I would also look out for other plots like worship or education as this could have some bearing on the area too.“Besides drunkards, there are also those looking for instant self-gratification, like the middle-aged ah bengs.65 million ($1,407 psf), while another house with a land area of 3,370 sq ft changed hands for $5.If they smoke a cigarette, they want to quickly get rid of it, even if the bin’s nearby.” Cigarette butt littering at Tyrwhitt Road next to bin Other issues folks in the neighbourhood face include illegal parking.Finally, a house sitting on a 4,648 sq ft site area was sold for $6.In this case, Dairy Farm Residences, a mixed development with a commercial space land plot was awarded back in September 2018 at $830.“There is a ‘shop’ at the junction of Petain and Somme Road,” Wendy shared, “where its regular customers would sometimes illegally park.2 million ($1,334 psf) on May 12.

While we’ve submitted reports to LTA, these customers, who have been fined previously, would come back and move farther away from our CCTVs and repeat their offences.Story continues The house is located close to amenities and public transport.” In fact, in 2017, Wendy was assaulted when she confronted one of these customers for illegal parking.weren't fantastic during launch.“They knew I was always taking pictures, sending them to LTA and getting them fined.East Coast Park is just a five-minute drive away, while the CBD is a 15-minute drive via the East-Coast Parkway.One day, one of their “hero” customers decided to purposely park his car at the double-yellow line and waited for me.When I came out with my camera, he shouted at me, knocked my camera off my hand and it escalated to him kicking me and me getting warned for kicking him back.It will appeal to families with school-going children because it is near St Stephen’s School, Temasek Primary School and Yu Neng Primary School.Analysts have predicted that the new development may likely be launched at a record price of $1,8xx psf — $1,9xx psf due to the higher cost of construction and manpower crunch.It will appeal to families with school-going children because it is near St Stephen’s School, Temasek Primary School and Yu Neng Primary School.

” Other similar incidents included her being verbally harassed at the U-turn end of Somme Road as she tried to warn and deter illegally parked car owners there.(Warning: Video above contains vulgarities.Viewer discretion is advised.While the construction will definitely be over in a few years, sometimes people forget to consider the stress of construction noise over a sustained period of time.Video courtesy of Wendy Chan) No illegal parking sign at Somne Road Ahmad Safwan, who works as a day-shift supervisor-manager at Asylum Coffeehouse (located at the first level of a Petain Road shophouse), shared that the rampant littering and peeing in the area did not subside even during the pandemic restrictions on licensed entertainment outlets.He suspected some of the joints may have operated in stealth mode during the restrictions.

“Many of the men from the upper storey restaurant-and-bars or KTVs, would come down at night and start peeing and littering.Alternatively, you can also use Edgeprop if you prefer something more visually attractive to check on price trends.Every day, as part of our SOP, I have to ask my assistant to sweep the floor off cigarette butts before we open at 8 am.” Safwan also recalls an incident in December last year where several drunk men came downstairs and wanted to pick a fight with his restaurant’s night crew.After filing a police report, the restaurant management redirected the CCTV towards the corridor to serve as a deterrent.Although you can probably attribute the higher price to the proximity to Hillview MRT here as Skywood is located closer to the MRT station.The back alleys have had it worse – particularly the lane between Somme Road and Jalan Besar, where several people have been caught on camera peeing openly in the area.

(This video from Parc Somme’s YouTube channel, shows several youths peeing at the flower pots area in the alley.) The incidents were so rampant that Wendy had to erect signages to warn people off.Unless you are willing to pay for an account on Squarefoot, you aren't going to be able to see the recent transactions at Skywoods.No peeing sign at Somne Road back alley “Everyone on the street knows who I am.It’s whether they think I’m a force for good or the biggest bitch on the street.All the troublemakers think I’m the latter and the neighbours who like law and order are quite happy with what I’m doing,” Wendy said.For the Friday updates, this is around 3 pm for the new launch and resale transactions up till the previous Sunday transactions.

“As chairwoman of our MCST, we follow our rules and by-laws, and we don’t play favourites as long as what we do is for the good of the building and neighbourhood.The chairperson job in a condo MCST is usually a thankless job, so no one is really quite prepared for what it entails.Sometimes you just have to go over and above the role.This is doubly important because with the new School proximity distance measure, certain blocks may be considered under 1 km, and there are cases where only a few blocks in the development are within the 1 km range.” No parking sign at Somne Road back alley In some of these situations, while education is useful, Wendy feels that enforcement by the authorities is a must.While she’s been reporting lesser littering cases to NEA since the pandemic restrictions were lifted (they’ve fallen from 5-6 a week to 2-3), they’re never enough.

“I’m from an era where we used to have the “No Littering” campaign.Do note that even if you aren't intending on having children in the future, being close to schools is still a worthwhile factor to consider as you'd have an easier time when trying to sell in the future to buyers.When I spoke to residents in this neighbourhood, many felt that we need the campaign back.“When I spoke to the Public Hygiene Council, I shared situations where some individuals would be conscientious enough to throw their drinks cans into bins, but when it comes to cigarette butts, they adopt an attitude that it’s cool or okay to litter.We probably need a ‘Not Cool’ campaign for cigarette butt littering,” Wendy suggested.Sometimes, the walking time shown online may not be accurate, as the "proper" route may not take into account certain shortcuts.“The littering issues in the neighbourhood reflect the character of our society,” Ben said.

“They are usually committed by recalcitrants.So we need hotspot enforcement, where during certain timings, the authorities do target awareness monitoring in these highly prone areas.In fact, Google Maps often ignores routes that can be taken by parks or through other passageways that are not recognised as walking trails.” Ben also feels that civic-minded education in schools needs to be stepped up, like toilet cleaning, tray returns, preparing your own lunch and so on.“What we’re trying to do here is only a small part of a larger issue that needs to be addressed.It can be extremely stressful for individuals like us – we work hard, return home and we have to face a dirty environment.However, it may not always be the case for the condo of your liking as some shortcuts could be around that aren't so clear at a glance.

Why can’t Singapore be like civic-minded societies like Japan, South Korea or New Zealand? “The short and long answer: It boils down to our attitudes and how they are passed on in our society.” – Properties for sale at Parc Somme See all listings.

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