The Reform Party’s Five-Year Plan for West Coast GRC
Rejuvenate, Revitalise and Re-integrate
The Reform Party has an ambitious vision for what it wants to achieve for the people of West Coast GRC.
We will achieve this vision through the formation of a partner agency, the Reform Committee, which will work in parallel with the current Residents Committee. The Reform Committee will comprise only local residents, from all walks of life who come from diverse backgrounds. This Reform Committee will rejuvenate, revitalize and re-integrate West Coast GRC in the way residents want to see it. We will return to West Coast residents the power to shape their own community.
We will provide our local people with a greater opportunity to have their views heard and to directly contribute to the decisions via the Reform Committee. We will conduct regular interviews and surveys to get resident’s views. We will continue our innovative use of new media so that residents can directly shape the way services are provided and more easily access information on Council Services.
The Reform Committee will agree priorities with its partners to help it reach its vision. These priorities will focus on:
- Building strong cohesive local communities
- Enhancing intergenerational ties
- Tackling issues of poverty and health and unemployment
- Improving performance in estate management
- Enhancing the infrastructure
- Providing more recreational and cultural facilities
- Providing more local markets
- Creating a greener, cleaner environment
- Improving traffic links and accessibility and dealing with congestion due to poor planning decisions
- Install disabled and mobility challenged access across the West Coast area starting with public buildings and facilities
- Help people achieve their potential through sport, art and being a volunteer
The Reform Committee has several innovative proposals for, raising educational attainment, for helping residents find
jobs and making it easier for parents to work by providing alternative childcare and for helping residents with legal and financial problems. These ideas are based on the proven success of the Reform Party pro-bono legal clinic and innovative fund raising activities.
Town Council and Residents’ Committee Management
We aim to reduce the dependency of the Town Council on foreign workers. We want to return the management and service jobs to our local residents, so that they can play an active part in managing and maintaining their own community.
The town council will be managed with the overall aim of assessing excellence from the residents’ perspective.
The Residents’ Committee cannot be run by people who are not familiar with the ground and we will partner it with the Reform Committee as outlined above.
Investment and Usage of Funds:
We will continue to invest the Town Council funds prudently in accordance with the Town Councils Act, Town Councils Financial Rules and guidelines issued by the Ministry of National Development. At the same time, we want to employ the funds in more effective ways which will translate into real benefits for the residents of West Coast GRC.
Service and Conservancy Charges:
It has come to our attention that despite paying monthly service and conservancy charges, many residents are not seeing any general improvement in the daily maintenance and cleanliness of their neighbourhoods. We will ensure that the funds collected from these charges are channeled appropriately into improving the cleanliness and maintenance of the estates.
We aim to establish a separate Community Fund to help residents who face financial hardship and the elderly and destitute residents. Monies for the Community Fund will be sourced through organized fund-raising
community events, donations etc. The funds will be channeled to specialized services for the named groups of residents, such as subsidized or specialized bus services to improve their accessibility, and needy residents who are facing impending evictions from the HDB rental homes.
During our walkabouts, we noticed that the different wards have been managed in an unbalanced way. While there is an abundance of amenities in certain areas, there are still residential areas which face a serious lack of facilities, and are devoid of any form of community life.
Wet Markets/Hawker Centres/Shops:
Food centres, markets and shops will be re-located strategically, as there is an abundance of such amenities in certain areas but hardly any in other areas. We want to provide convenience to all residents, especially those who have to travel to get to the main food centres.
We will conduct an enquiry into the competition present in the food industry. We want to find out why wet markets are disappearing and more expensive hypermarkets are being built in their place (or in some areas, none at all)?
We will provide more affordable rental to potential stall holders so that these savings can be passed on to consumers.
There are plenty of neighbourhoods which still do not have enough community facilities for their enjoyment. We believe that building more sports facilities such as outdoor basketball courts, indoor sports complexes and playgrounds will enhance the sense of community in the estates. (Please refer to the table below for specific requirements in each ward.)
We aim to work with HDB to reduce the season parking charges for HDB carparks. We believe that this will encourage HDB residents to park in their allocated season parking lots, rather than resorting to parking in private estates, which causes a great inconvenience to private property home owners.
We also seek to work with HDB to remove parking charges on Sundays and Public Holidays that are present in HDB carparks. The presence of parking charges on these days does not sit well with the policy of promoting inter-generational bonding, as families (immediate and extended) most frequently gather together on these days and
they should not be made to pay full-day parking charges. This problem is also present in private estates. We will be looking into the parking situations in each estate and implementing solutions to the concerns of residents there.
We will start building multi-storey carparks to increase the number of lots and free up first-storey carpark land for more amenities. This will also reduce traffic congestion.
We also aim to build mechanical carparks which will go towards solving the issue of scarce land for parking. We will need to import this technology from countries (ie. Korea) which use such mechanical carparks as Singapore currently does not have such mechanical carparks.
Alert Alarm Systems:
We want to install Alert Alarm Systems in every HDB rental flat.
The following are just some of the services we plan to implement upon election:
We plan to start after-school clubs for children, to ease the burden of parents who work long hours and are unable to provide supervision for their children after school, especially those from lower-income families. We will conduct after-school club sessions in the rooms in the Town Council buildings. Children may proceed there after school while
they wait for their parents to return: there will be homework services and supervision available, multi-media services and educational activities which children can engage in. (This concept is modeled after the After-School Clubs in England.)
Senior Activity Centres:
We will set up more day centres and Senior Activity Centres (SAC) for the elderly. These centres are run by Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs) which have the specialized skills and resources to take care of the elderly, but will be supported by funds from the Town Council.
Town Council Initiatives:
We plan to set up an information service centre operating extended hours to provide residents with referral and information services, so that residents can be directed to the proper bodies with their concerns.
In addition, we plan to provide the following services:
- Legal Clinics – To provide residents with free legal advice from pro-bono lawyers, as well as to help them draft letters of feedback/concern.
- C/V & Networking Clinics – To provide residents with employment-related services, such as editing and improving C/Vs, job information, networking information etc.
Bridging the Gap Between the Foreign & Local Community:
With the high population of foreign workers living in the West Coast GRC, it is essential that they are able to integrate into the local community seamlessly, without compromising the quality of life of local residents. We will enlist the
help of the local residents who have to live alongside the foreign workers in their community in coming up with an action plan for such integration, as they will be the ones in the best position to know what needs to be done.
There is a lack of bus routes that run directly from Jurong and West Coast to Upper Bukit Timah and Bukit Timah Road. We want to ensure that residents from both areas are served with a more convenient and direct bus service
between each other.
There are also no night-riders serving the Clementi/West Coast area. We will start the operation of night riders so that residents will have a cheaper form of transport home after hours.
We aim to provide subsidized bus services and specialized bus services to the elderly and people with disabilities who face the most inconvenience getting around. These bus services will provide direct routes which current bus services do not ply, and service stops which are more convenient for the elderly and people with disabilities to board/alight at.
The current Meet-the-People Sessions are as follows:
- Pioneer Division: Every Monday, 7 pm
- Boon Lay Division: Every Monday, 7.30 pm
- Clementi Division: Every Monday, 8 pm
- Telok Blangah Division: (a) Every first and third Wednesdays, 8 pm; (b) Every Wednesday, 8 pm
- Ayer Rajah Division: (a) Every first, third and fifth Mondays, 7.30 pm; (b) Every second and fourth Mondays, 7.30 pm.
Before entering GE2011, the Reform Party candidates all signed pledges to fully commit themselves to meet-the-people sessions and local initiatives. We want to increase the frequency of MPS sessions to ensure that the concerns of the residents are adequately addressed. We will also extend the hours of these sessions to cater to the residents who work late hours.
A Small Sample of Proposals for Reform by Ward
|Boon Lay||The population of foreign workers in this area is high.
|Clementi||Residents have complained of poor maintenance of the blocks.
SERS scheme for blocks 321,322,333.
Unnecessary parking changes
|Dover/Ayer Rajah||Residents have complained of the scarcity of basic neighbourhood amenities.
|Telok Blangah||Problems with new MRT at Telok Blangah:
Lack of Multi-Purpose Halls/Pavilions:
We will build a wet market in the area.
SERS scheme for single-digit blocks at Teban Gardens: