Neighbours lodge complaints over overgrown plants

By Bryna Sim

Mr Tan, a security officer, added: "It smells like a forest every morning, it obstructs the light and there are green flies which bite. I've to keep burning insect coils to get rid of them."

But Ms Tan refuted these complaints.

She said indignantly: "What insects? There are no bees or worms. It's not true."

The HDB spokesman said that for the past two years, they had sent many letters and reminders to Ms Tan to trim her overgrown plants, but to no avail.

She also refused to open the door during HDB's house visits.

As such, HDB workers would trim the overgrown plants periodically from the lower floor units.

But Mr Tan said he got fed up of that and stepped up his complaints in April and May this year.

Ms Tan received the HDB reminders, contacted HDB on May 12 and agreed to let the workers enter her flat to trim the plants on May 14 at 9.30am.

She said: "I thought I'd just put an end to this problem once and for all."

The trimming gave much relief to Mr Tan and other lower-floor neighbours.

Mr Tan said he "felt better now".

Agreeing, a retiree who wanted to be known only as Mr Ng, who is in his 60s, said: "There used to be a green curtain of darkness outside. Now, I see the light."

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