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Hawkers under Stall Ownership Scheme to receive NEA notice

Four hawker centres under the Stall Ownership Scheme will see their leases expire on May 31, and they will be receiving letters from the National Environment Agency starting this month to ask if they are still keen to continue their businesses.

SINGAPORE: Four hawker centres under the Stall Ownership Scheme will see their leases expire on May 31, and they will be receiving letters from the National Environment Agency starting this month to ask if they are still keen to continue their businesses.

The centres, located at New Upper Changi Road, Aljunied Ave 2, Ghim Moh Road and West Coast Drive, are due to return to the government on June 1, 2014.

Hawkers at the West Coast Drive hawker centre are happy with the move -- out of the 80 stalls, 40 have already signed up.

A new management model is expected under this new arrangement but hawkers said they are still not clear about the details.

To give stall-holders more certainty on their rentals, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has provided them their respective rental rates for the new three-year tenancy agreement.

The Stall Ownership Scheme was launched in 1994 as part of the government's overall plan to enable Singaporeans to own assets and have a stake in the country.

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