Town council to remove plants in common areas after Yishun resident complains of 'illegal planting'

Submitted by Stomper Anonymous

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Nee Soon Town Council will be removing 'illegal plants' after a resident shared her concerns that other residents have been planting their personal plants in common areas at Yishun Street 21.

Stomper Anonymous alerted Stomp to the incident on Sunday (Aug 16) and shared photos that she took of the 'illegal plants' around the estate.

"Despite the warning notices that were put up late last year by Nee Soon Town Council, these greedy residents still continue to claim public lands as their own," said the Stomper.

"They pot and plant personal plantations and turn these places into their own private garden.

"Some residents have even dug up holes and turned them into pet graves.

"These acts have been occurring around the entire estate, but they are most prevalent at Blocks 210 and 211.

"A male resident was even seen using a hoe to dig up soil and grass to plant his own plants in the middle of the night at around 2am to 4am."

In response to a Stomp query, a spokesman for Nee Soon Town Council said: "Illegal planting may affect the integrity of soil and other existing plants.

"It may also endanger others if the plant is not handled properly. 

"We have conducted a check at the mentioned area and arranged for workers to remove the illegal plants.

"The town council will also put up an advisory to remind residents not to relocate their plants to common areas in the estate.

"The town council encourages gardening as a healthy hobby through participation and shared responsibility instead of exclusive use.

"We will be looking into collaborating with the Residents' Committees (RCs) on community gardening in the area."