Due to the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS), about 3,480 households in 31 HDB blocks along Tanglin Halt and Commonwealth Drive will be relocated to new flats at five sites in Dawson estate along Margaret Drive, Dawson Road and Strathmore Avenue in 2020.
However, the 157 market and hawker stalls at the nearby Tanglin Halt Market will be relocated to another area at Commonwealth Drive, a 20 minutes’ walk from Dawson estate.
As such, over 100 Queenstown residents affected by SERS have inked a petition urging the authorities to move the wet market along with them, said media reports.
Residents, Alice Lee and Shirley Soh (both 66 yrs old), began the petition which they plan to submit to the estate’s Member of Parliament (MP) Chia Shi-Lu after gathering 500 signatures.
Even though the relocation site will have a supermarket and the existing food centre in Commonwealth Drive will be moved to Margaret Drive, seniors would rather buy at a wet market as it offers fresh produce at cheaper prices, they said.
Nevertheless, it may be possible to set up a wet market within Dawson’s supermarket, said Chia.
“There are space constraints to think of at the new site. However, we are prepared to explore the possibility of having a wet market and will put it out to HDB to consider.”
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