Thriving in our residential space means having access to an improved living environment as well as community infrastructure that complements our modern day lifestyle. The Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP), which was introduced by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) back in August 2007, is one such initiative that allows residents to enjoy an upgraded living environment. HDB blocks built in 1995 or before and have not undergone the Main Upgrading Programme or Interim Upgrading Programmes are eligible for the NRP.
Fully funded by the Government and implemented by the Town Councils, the NRP focuses on block and precinct improvements. As new design and improvements need to be user-centric, the Jurong-Clementi Town Council has conducted exhibitions and public consultation to seek residents’ feedback on the NRP for Blocks 321 to 326, 328A and 331A Tan Ching Road and Kang Ching Road in February and March this year. The sessions were attended by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies and Adviser to Jurong GRC.
Some of the proposed new amenities under the Taman Jurong NRP include a street soccer pitch, a foot reflexology path and a bird-hanging-cum-singing area. During the public consultation, popular feedback was received for amenities such as a drop-off porch, community gardening area, senior citizens’ corner and various sports facilities.
Going forward, residents’ feedback would be considered and, if feasible, these would be incorporated into the refined design proposal for the Consensus Gathering Exercise (CGE). Residents will be able to view the revised design through an exhibition during the CGE. The NRP for the precinct will proceed if at least 75 per cent of the eligible flat owners in the neighbourhood indicate their support during the CGE.