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More engagement with Dakota Crescent residents affected by redevelopment

Member of Parliament for Mountbatten Lim Biow Chuan said he has been listening to residents' concerns, and a HDB team has been tasked with sharing information about possible housing options. 

SINGAPORE: There will be more engagement to build awareness and hear residents' concerns over redevelopment plans for Dakota Crescent, says Member of Parliament for Mountbatten Lim Biow Chuan on Thursday (July 31).

Last week, it was announced that 17 blocks at Dakota Crescent, one of Singapore's oldest neighbourhood, have been earmarked for redevelopment. About 400 households will have to vacate their homes by end-2016.

"I met quite a few number of them (residents) during my Meet-the-People Session on Tuesday. Over the next few weeks, I will be coming down as well to this area to engage them and see what are their concerns," said Mr Lim. He has also asked the Housing Development Board (HDB) to send a team here, and to engage the residents and share some of the technicalities of their housing options with them.

"So far I think the residents are happy that they are not going to be dispersed. Because for many of them, they have lived here all their lives, and share a friendship with their neighbours,” said Mr Lim. “Of course there is some degree of nostalgia. But if you weigh the pros and cons, I think there is some excitement in moving to a brand-new block with newer facilities."

Mr Lim was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a spring-cleaning activity for needy households at Dakota Crescent. Over 50 students from the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University also took part, and about $120,000 worth of 3M household care products was also distributed to 1,200 low-income households in the South East district. 

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