Partnering the Community to Rejuvenate Our Heartlands – HDB’s Remaking our Heartland 3
In March 2015, MND announced three towns under HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) 3 programme – namely Toa Payoh, Woodlands and Pasir Ris.
In drawing up the rejuvenation plans, HDB had actively engaged residents and stakeholders early to seek their views and suggestions on the plans. Residents from the three towns were invited in the early stages of the planning, to participate in Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) held in June and July 2015. Previously for the ROH 1 and 2 towns, public feedback was also sought, but at a later stage.
FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY
HDB conducted 11 discussion sessions, involving about 400 residents and community stakeholders for the three ROH towns. These included some sessions with specific stakeholders such as elderly, families with young children and students.
During the FGDs, the discussions centered around three broad topics:
a. Significant places within the town and identity of the town
b. Social or public spaces used by residents, and their suggestions to enhance these spaces to improve community bonding
c. Residents’ experience of walking and cycling within their town and suggestions to improve the town’s connectivity network
HDB has taken into consideration the inputs of the FGD participants when developing the ROH plans. The ROH plans will take into account the local context and specific requirements of each town, so as to strengthen each town’s identity. A summary of the FGD findings and some of the preliminary ROH proposals that have been developed are as follows. More details can be found in the Annex.
Enhancing Greenery and Community Bonding
• For Woodlands, residents hoped that the town will continue to enjoy green, with a good range of facilities for residents of all ages. They also hoped for a larger community space within Woodlands Central (Woodlands Regional Centre comprises Woodlands Central and Woodlands North Coast) for residents to organise activities. Residents also felt that covered walkways and wider paths for pedestrians and cyclists would improve residents’ walking and cycling experiences within the town.
Transform the existing Woodlands Waterfront through interesting landscaping, pocket greens, and more shaded areas (Artist’s impression)
• HDB will enhance greenery in Woodlands by transforming the existing Woodlands Waterfront through interesting landscaping, pocket greens, and more shaded areas, so as to make the entire waterfront more enjoyable for the public. HDB will also provide a town plaza to hold large-scale community activities, performances and events, right at the heart of the town.
Provide a new town plaza within Woodlands Central to hold large-scale community activities (Artist’s impression)