by Phillip Ang
Dear Kenneth Er, CEO of National Parks Board (NParks),
I refer to my email to the Ministry of National Development (MND) permanent-secretary dated 30 Jan 2021, copied to ministers and the media.
Since Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PR-PTC) has refused to reply or resolve the issue, I am appealing to NParks to assist my town council on the issue of safety.
PR-PTC clearly does not have a proper tree management programme. In fact, it does not even know how to plant trees upright.
These are just a few instances:
And this has been happening for years (see image below).
Between Block 608 and 604, 10-ft-long leaves – which could cause serious injury to elderly residents and toddlers – are falling daily.
As is evident from the images below, residents and passers-by are unnecessarily exposed to danger.
PR-PTC’s horticulture team is a joke when, instead of pruning, they simply wait for these leaves to fall to the ground and remove them from sight.
Of concern is a 6-storey-tall tree which has been leaning against the railing for months (see images below).
Should it fall, nearby residential units will be hit. It is noteworthy that a few similar trees have fallen recently.
Please send an officer to verify the above and contact me if assistance is required.
After the recent fatal accident caused by a falling tree at Marsiling, I hope NParks understands the urgency for PR-PTC to address this issue.
While accidents do happen, some are clearly preventable.
Would appreciate if NParks could offer assistance to PR-PTC’s chairman Taha at [email protected]
Thank you, and have a nice day.