The quiet streets of Woodlands were disrupted when Sembawang Town Council decided to take an unconventional step to address a growing concern.
In an attempt to curb noise generated by school children playing at the void deck, the council partially barricaded the area under Block 638 Woodlands Ring Road.
However, not everyone welcomed this move, especially one resident who found the measure excessive and unjustified, and wrote in to The Monitor.
The barricade and notice
On November 3, 2023, a formal notice from the town council announced the barricading of the void deck area, leading to mixed reactions among residents. The crux of the matter lies in a resident’s perspective, who deemed the measure too extreme just to deter children from enjoying a game.
A vivid photo emerged, displaying the void deck sealed off with orange barrier mesh. Two signs prominently declared that playing football was strictly prohibited in the area, providing visual evidence of the town council’s attempt to enforce the rules.
The dissatisfaction of a resident took center stage as they not only voiced their concerns but also took to social media. An Instagram story and the uploaded notice by the town council became mediums for the resident to express their discontent.
Town Council’s response
Sembawang Town Council responded, citing noise complaints as the primary reason for the drastic measure. The town council had initially put up signs and advised the youths against playing ball games at the void deck. However, the persistent disturbance led to the decision to temporarily barricade the area.
The town council’s decision was not made in isolation. It came after receiving feedback about the noise created by school children playing in the void deck. The feedback provider requested intervention, stating that the noise disrupted the serenity within the block and surrounding areas.
The town council, facing continued non-compliance, decided to partially barricade the void deck. The measure aimed to temporarily prevent further disturbance while preserving the availability of the space for other functions like weddings and funerals, upon booking.
While the barricade stood as a deterrent, the town council clarified that the void deck remained available for specific events. The barricade would be removed for official bookings, ensuring that social events could proceed without hindrance.