Bishan residents submit petition to MOH to protest against building of nursing home in their estate
Posted by temasektimes on May 29, 2012
40 Bishan residents have submitted a petition to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to voice their opposition to a plan to build a nursing home in an empty field in Bishan which is currently used as a football field.
MOH plans to build a six to eight storey nursing home on the 0.3ha site, which is located at Bishan Street 13 and is closely flanked by Blocks 175, 181, 186 and 182 on three sides. Currently a fenced up football field, it is situated directly opposite Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary and Secondary Schools.
During a dialogue held at Bishan Community Club on Sunday to discuss the issue, some 20 residents expressed their disagreement with MOH’s plan and wanted the government to scout for other more ‘suitable’ sites.
In an interview with Yahoo News, a 25 year old nurse Hema Sedemparam said:
“I disagree with it [building a nursing home]. It will block the wind to our flats. They [MOH] should build the home somewhere else in Bishan, but not on this plot of land. There are better and bigger fields in this area.”
Another Bishan resident housewife Madam Cheong is discomforted by the close proximity of the nursing home:
“I’m not comfortable with it. I have lived more than 20 years here, and the air is good. But the nursing home is about seven floors high and will block the wind from my apartment.”