Marine Terrace void deck littered with cigarette ash 'every day', town council monitoring situation

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The Marine Parade Town Council said it is aware of the frequent cigarette ash in the void deck at 20 Marine Terrace and is monitoring the situation.

Sharing photos of the void deck, Stomper Joshua said that someone had been smoking and drinking alcohol there "every day", leaving behind the litter.

He added that he had reported it to National Environment Agency more than 10 times over one and a half years.

He also shared a screenshot of the Marine Parade Town Council's acknowledgement that it was working on the case that he reported on July 10 on the OneService app.

In response to a Stomp query, Marine Parade Town Council said: "Our town council is aware of the issue, and our cleaners were deployed to clean the area once we received the feedback.

"We will be putting up notices in the block to advise residents or members of public against smoking and littering in common areas (e.g., common corridors, stairwells, staircase landings, and void decks).

"In addition, we have notified National Environment Agency (NEA) on this matter, and will continue to monitor the situation.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to remind our residents to be considerate and keep our environment clean."

Under the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Regulations, smoking is prohibited at HDB void decks and common areas such as corridors and staircases. Smokers are liable to a composition sum of $200 if caught smoking in prohibited places, or up to $1,000 if convicted in court.

An individual who is caught littering is liable on conviction to a fine of up to $10,000. The court may also impose a Corrective Work Order (CWO), requiring offenders to clean public areas for up to 12 hours.