Why Bishan nursing home can't go elsewhere

SINGAPORE - A group of Bishan East residents proposed alternative sites in Bishan for the nursing home at a dialogue session in May.

The Health Ministry explained why these sites were deemed unsuitable.

Suggested site: Next to Block 156 at the junction of Bishan Street 11 and Braddell Road Why it won't work:

A nursing home at the site will compromise development potential because new public housing will give rise to technical considerations, including drainage and road alignments.

Suggested site: Next to Sky Habitat (junction of Bishan Street 14 and Bishan Place)

Why it won't work:

There are plans for private housing development there.

Suggested site: ITE (Bishan) along Bishan Street 14

Why it won't work:

It will be used as a holding school from 2014 to 2018.

Demand for nursing beds is rising significantly so it is not possible to wait till 2019 to build the nursing home.

Residents will not get to enjoy the use of the park connector next to Kallang River because it is adjoined to the site.

Suggested site: Bishan Place

Why it won't work:

There have been plans to further expand the town centre.

As it is near the expanding MRT line, residents will benefit more if the space is used for high-density residential precincts.

Suggested site: Opposite Harmony Park

Why it won't work:

Site will be used by a junior college till at least 2022

Suggested Site: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Why it won't work:

Residents will no longer enjoy recreational space and facilities in the park, which serves a few hundred thousand people, if the nursing home is built.

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